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Houblon Des Obeaux and Charlie Deutsch on their way to winning the 2019 Veterans' Chase Final at Sandown, 5/1/19

It might well be nearly Christmas, but there’s more ‘tingle’ than ‘jingle’ for racing fans this weekend, as the Tingle Creek from Sandown headlines our horse racing tips this Saturday.

The Grade One is the pick of this weekend’s action, but there’s plenty to rival it from Aintree, where the Grand National fences are in use for the first time this season in the Becher Chase.

We’ve taken a look at the latest edition of the Racing Post Weekender and put together a juicy accumulator to help accompany Saturday’s main events.

Mulcahys Hill (1:30 Aintree – Saturday)

James Burn

Warren Greatrex’s string are starting to hit form, so put Mulcahys Hill on your shortlist for the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

Long-held in high regard by the trainer, the seven-year-old was just touched off in the 2017 Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury, which was a gruelling race and took a while to get over.

He did not win over fences last season, but the experience has done him good and he struck in fine style in a warm event at Cheltenham in October.

Desperate ground will not bother the son of Brian Boru, whose mark of 144 seems workable.

Nube Negra (1:50 Sandown – Saturday)

Stuart Redding

Some exciting novice chasers clash here and Nube Negra can come out on top.

Dan Skelton’s gelding certainly wasn’t the best of these over hurdles but he has shown a real liking for fences, easily beating odds-on favourite Ballymoy at Warwick before following up at Fakenham, where he never came out of second gear.

Soft ground holds no fears and this track should suit as he travels powerfully and jumps well.

Defi Du Seuil (3:00 Sandown – Saturday)

Andrew King

The Grade One Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown on Saturday offers Defi Du Seuil the chance to take another step up the ladder and provide valuable clues to where he may run at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Having landed the JLT Novices’ Chase over two-miles-and-four-furlongs last March, the Phillip Hobbs-trained six-year-old has proved himself just as adept at two miles, as he illustrated perfectly when beating Politologue with something in hand in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last month.

Hobbs is convinced that his charge is just as capable at either trip but the outcome of Saturday’s race, which will prove a proper test, is very likely to point connections in the right direction come March.

The reopposing Politologue boasts useful form at the Esher track and might well strip fitter this time, but Cheltenham was also the first run of the season for Defi Du Seuil, who can also improve for it and should emerge on top again.

Wishfull Dreaming (3:15 Aintree – Saturday)

Norman Chorley

The Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase is the second race on the Aintree card to be run over the National fences and Wishfull Dreaming can outrun his big price.

A promising hurdler, he has been rejuvenated by Sam England and won over fences three times in the first part of this year. He stayed on well for third over two miles on Aintree’s Mildmay course last month and, although he is yet to win beyond two-miles-and-three-furlongs, on that latest evidence he is well worth another crack at two-miles-and-five-furlongs.

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