Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moscow Flyer to Land Spoils

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moscow Flyer to Land Spoils

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DROP everything just before twenty past two tomorrow afternoon for a William Hill-Tingle Creek Chase which has all the makings of one of the most thrilling races Sandown Park has seen in many a year.

At the top of the betting we have Moscow Flyer, who was fast enough to beat the mighty Istabraq in his days as a hurdler and crowned a spectacular switch to fences with an emphatic success in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham last March.

Second in comes Azertyuiop, another high-class hurdler and regarded by many as the heir to Moscow Flyer's crown based on his runaway win in the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham.

Third favourite is Le Roi Miguel, a giant young gelding who has thrived on racing, while Cenkos ran away with this race 12 months ago and bids for a repeat on the back of an excellent handicap success at Cheltenham.

Add to the mix the brilliant yet enigmatic Flagship Uberalles and the durable but luckless Seebald and it's clear that Sandown regulars will be dining at the top table.

So who will be cracking open the champagne?

It's unlikely to be followers of Seebald, who usually finds at least one too good against the very best, while Le Roi Miguel is less exposed but is another who needs to better anything he has shown before in order to win at this level.

Cenkos comes alive at Sandown and should run a bold race again, while Flagship Uberalles showed he could still mix it with the very best last spring and will be fully tuned up as he bids to land the fourth Tingle Creek of his remarkable career.

However, the fact remains that Moscow Flyer and Azertyuiop have amassed a combined record of 14 wins and no losses when they have completed the course over fences. Something clearly has to give if they both get round without accidents, but the safe call has to be Moscow Flyer.

Jessica Harrington's gelding was knocked out of the contest through no fault of his own at the fifth fence in this race last year before missing out on another big prize at Punchestown in April when a blunder two out handed the BMW Chase to Flagship Uberalles. …

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