YOU don’t need many ingredients to make a tasty dish.
Only four lined-up for the Tingle Creek at Sandown but we were served up a right feast with Irish ace Un De Sceaux going at it ten to the dozen before Nicky Henderson’s Altior ate him up after the last.
This horse isn’t Jack-The-Lad flashy like Sprinter Sacre, but he makes fewer mistakes than Mark Zuckerberg’s accountant is just unbeatable over 2m.
The champ got a proper cheer when he strutted up the Rhododendron Walk to the winners’ enclosure and he’s a cracking advert for the game.
There was a massive whisper for Hendo’s I Can’t Explain (9-4 to 11-8) in the 2m novice hurdle here and he was bet like a good thing near the off.
The gelding looked sensible as a pair of country brogues, jumped liked an old hand and won as he liked.
He’s pencilled in for the Tolworth Hurdle back at Sandown in January and is one to keep on your side.
Talking of promising novices, I’m told Paul Nicholls is head-over-heels about Danse Idol who bolted-up at Wincanton last week.
The big man reckons this mare is better than smart stablemate Posh Trish and she will be double dangerous in any company.
Sandown’s 3m5f London National went on for longer than Harry’s jungle adventure and was won by the Charlie Mann trained Morney Wing.
Cheerful Charlie owns the biggest flat cap in jump racing – the All Blacks could practice a Haka under its peak – and will have some fun in marathons with this fella when the mud’s flying.
THIBAULT (12.45 Musselburgh) caught the eye in a fair race at Kempton last time and can open his account here.
Venetia Williams must train her horses in the local paddling pool as they only start winning when it’s diabolically wet.
Her team looked big, burly and backward earlier in the season but they’re healthier than a vegan jogger right now, as Eminent Poet and Enola Gay showed when running nailers last weekend.
Even Mr Magoo can see that VW is just about to hit top gear and I reckon she’ll bang in a nice few winners before the Christmas crackers are pulled.
Saddest news of the weekend was Kieran Shoemark sending his career into freefall by failing a drugs test.
The kid has looked a yard off the pace since he returned from a nasty tumble at Lingfield in June and there have been worrying rumours about his well-being recently.
The talent is there but the application is missing and he’s a lucky boy to have Roger Charlton in his corner.
Kim Bailey has spent more time with estate agents than Phil and Kirsty over the years, but he’s settled in Gloucestershire now and bagged a big one with Charbel at Huntingdon yesterday.
Kind-hearted Kim will be spending plenty of time in his jam-jar today as he sends THIBAULT (12.45) up the high road to Musselburgh for a weak looking maiden hurdle.
This big boy looks the part and shaped well without being knocked about at Kempton four weeks ago. A low-key contest like this should be right up Thibault’s strasse and he must go close.