Special Tiara: set to take on Un De Sceaux in Tingle Creek on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Tiara cut for Tingle as trainer plots upset
SPECIAL TIARA was the major mover in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase market on Tuesday as trainer Henry de Bromhead stressed the high-class front-runner would not be allowed to get into a self-destructive duel with odds-on favourite Un De Sceaux.
Like Irish-trained compatriot Un De Sceaux, Special Tiara has traditionally raced either in or close to the lead, as when securing the second Grade 1 success of his career through defeating Sprinter Sacre by six lengths over the Tingle Creek course and distance in April.
Un De Sceaux, also on Tuesday given an entry for Sunday's Hilly Way Chase at Cork, is no bigger than 4-7 for the more significant Sandown test, for which Vibrato Valtat and possibly Simonsig could be in opposition.
However, the one whose odds were on Tuesday cut across the board was Special Tiara, 14-1 from 20-1 with the sponsor despite having been beaten 50 lengths on his Navan reappearance.
Trainer Henry de Bromhead - a Grade 1 winner in Britain last weekend courtesy of Fighting Fifth Hurdle victor Identity Thief - said: "If he puts his best foot forward we think he'd have as good a chance as any in the race.
"He was very disappointing last time but seems to be in super form at home, so we hope he'll be back to his old self on Saturday.
"In terms of tactics, we'll see how the race unfolds. Our lad can go a good gallop but we don't want to be cutting each other's throats. He doesn't have to make the running."
De Bromhead, who has yet to book a jockey for Special Tiara, could also be represented in the Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase having nominated eight-length Listowel winner Sizing Codelco for a contest whose seven other potential runners are headed by classy four-year-old Bristol De Mai.
Ground conditions on Sandown's chase course on Tuesday dried to good to soft, good in places, with dry and often breezy weather now dominating the forecast until possibly after racing on Saturday. The hurdles track was described as soft.
Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase
Paddy Power: 7-4 Bristol De Mai, 2 As De Mee, 7-2 Willow's Saviour, 11-2 Bouvreuil, 6 bar