TOP jockey Harry Skelton can’t wait to get back aboard Champion Chase winner Politologue on Saturday.
The Paul Nicholls-trainey grey is set to take on Altior and rising star Greaneteen in the Grade 1 Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown.
The nine-year-old won the Tingle Creek back in 2017 but bombed out behind Defi Du Seuil 12 months ago.
He bounced back later in the season and caused a 6-1 upset in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.
This will be his first start since then, but he has a good record fresh and his rider reckons he has a leading chance.
Skelton said: “I’ve had a sit on him, and he feels in great form.
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“Paul is very happy with him, and that is the main thing. If he is happy then I’m happy.
“He gave me a day I will never forget, and I’m now just really looking forward to getting back on him.
“He blew out there a little bit last year, but I think Paul is much happier with him this time round.
“The defeat in last year’s race doesn’t play on my mind, because he feels great to me – and we know he goes well fresh.”
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Politologue has yet to get the better of Altior in their three previous clashes – but Skelton is looking forward to the challenge.
He added: “We are taking on Altior – but when you are running in Grade One races you expect hot competition.
“It’s going to be a good race, and hopefully all the key players turn up.”
Altior heads the betting at 4-5 with the big-race sponsors Betfair, with Politologue a 5-1 shot behind his exciting young stablemate Greaneteen (4-1).
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