Politologue outclassed his rivals to win the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday for the second time.
The impressive nine-year-old previously tasted glory in the Grade One contest back in 2017 and he always looked well placed to repeat that trick, as he scored by seven lengths to hand trainer Paul Nicholls a remarkable 11th success in the race.
Stablemate Greanateen had briefly threatened to upstage Politologue, but a poor jump at the penultimate fence ended his challenge, as the favourite was ultimately guided home by jockey Harry Skelton, who was delighted to win a race he had been targeting for some time.
"That was unbelievable," Skelton told reporters immediately after crossing the finish line. "I've been wanting to win this one for a while now.
"It's a joy to ride a horse like this. He's been in many a dogfight and come out on top and he's done it again. Paul and the team were telling me he was in great form and when I sat on him he felt like a six-year-old."
Politologue, who was making his seasonal reappearance on Saturday, is now expected to be aimed at the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The John Hales-owned gelding was a winner of the Queen Mother last season and he will be expected to be one of the leading contenders once again, particularly following his latest performance on Saturday.
Article Posted on Saturday 5th December 2020 @ 15.07
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