Christmas is getting closer, and that means one thing in the racing world the Tingle Creek Chase. It’s quite the trek for our tipster but we’ve sent her down to Sandown to soak up the atmosphere, and she’s already sent her top tips back.

So, folks, I’ve bypassed most of the card as interesting as the race seem, and I’ve gone straight for the first Grade One on the card, the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase. In theory, this race should be Colin Tizzard’s for with Finian’s Oscar on the card as the horse bids for a hat-trick, but he faces stiff competition to pass the post first.

Alan King-trained Sceau Royal is certainly one to watch out for after winning at Warwick last time out, as is Capitaine who also picked up the victory on his seasonal reappearance, so it certainly has the prospect to be an exciting race.

The highlight race on the card has only seven runners, and no chances for Willie Mullins after Un De Sceaux and Douvan were withdrawn. With those two out of the race, the odds-on favourite is now Fox Norton, who on paper has the best form on the card.

A winner at Cheltenham last time out, he’s picked up where he left off last season, and he seems to have improved over the summer.

With only six runners in the race the each-way market as good as lost, if you fancy a flutter here and want to avoid Fox Norton, I’d suggest betting without the favourite and would go for 20/1 shot San Benedeto to pull something out of the bag.

There may be more value in the market at Aintree, and I’ve picked out three top chances that should do the business.

Midnight Shadow looks a useful sort in the first race on the card, winning on his seasonal debut, he finished second last time out on awful ground, so this should suit him better here.

My next choice is Play the Ace in the 12:25. A new horse since undergoing a wind op, he’s chasing a four-timer here, and is more than capable of landing it, despite 5lb rise.

Definitely Red is my last choice at Aintree, in easier company this time round he should have what it takes here to make it round unscathed and hand Brian Ellison a nice winner.

To finish off with a little treat from Wetherby, one horse has caught my eye, and he should do well. Aristo Du Plessis got back to winning ways last time out on the same course and although 5/4, I’d lump a few quid on him.

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