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Tingle Next For Naas Winner

Tingle Next For Naas Winner

Henry Whittington says he will target the Tingle Creek next for Saint Calvados following Saturday’s Poplar Square Chase success.



The five-year-old looked serene on his seasonal reappearance, cruising around Naas under Gavin Sheehan before lifting the tempo and coming home four-and-a-half lengths clear of Gordon Elliott’s Tycoon Prince.



Odds-on pre-race favourite Footpad struggled to feature, setting off slowly under Ruby Walsh who tried to make a late dash, only to fall at the final fence still off the pace.


Saint Calvados has immediately been cut by the bookmakers for the Tingle Creek Chase on December 8 and Whittington says a trip to Sandown is top of the agenda.


Whittington said: “He’ll go for the Tingle Creek next and I’m looking forward to him going over the Railway fences there. He was just a bit rusty over the first couple, but it was a good performance.


“I’m delighted for Andrew and Kate Brooks (owners) and for the horse. You can just draw a line through the Arkle now, and he’s probably silenced the doubters. He’s come back and done it well.


“He’s a proper two-miler and Gavin felt he was just hacking round. He’s only going to get better with age as he’s still a big, raw horse and only five. It’s very exciting.”

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