The Tingle Creek meeting – held at Sandown in early December, brings together some of the best 2m chasers around, and is a key trial for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
The likes of Sire de Grugy, Dodging Bullets and Sprinter Sacre all went onto win the feature race on Day 2 at the Festival having won the Tingle Creek the year before.
The event was first run back in 1979, and it was named in honour of the great Tingle Creek, a popular National Hunt racehorse in the 1970s, who had a particularly good record in races at Sandown Park. The Tingle Creek Chase has been a Grade I race since 1994, having been previously run as a handicap.
The Tingle Creek meeting begins to get the real racing fans in the festive spirit, with the hats, gloves and scarves coming out the draw, and will later shiver in the cold with a hot cup of tea.