Big names set to challenge for Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown

Last year's Tingle Creek Chase winner Greaneteen will have to see off challenges from Shishkin, Edwardstone and four other strong challengers if he is to retain his crown at Sandown on Saturday.

Greaneteen provided trainer Paul Nicholls with a 12th victory in the Grade One contest 12 months ago and returns to defend his crown off the back of an impressive victory in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.

The Nicky Henderson-trained Shishkin was a notable absentee from last year's Tingle Creek, but proved himself better than ever in winning the Desert Orchid at Kempton over the Christmas period before getting the better of Energumene in a pulsating Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January.

However, the eight-year-old will return with a point to prove if given the green light to make his comeback this weekend, having been pulled up in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.

Alan King looks set to give last season's Arkle hero Edwardstone his belated reappearance after missing engagements at Cheltenham and Ascot due to unsuitable ground.

There is a strong presence from Ireland with Henry de Bromhead's Fortria Chase winner Captain Guinness and the Willie Mullins-trained Gentleman De Mee - who slammed Edwardstone at Aintree in the spring but unseated his rider on his reappearance at Naas - joined by Dunvegan from Pat Fahy's yard.

The small but select field is completed by Funambule Sivola, who finished second to Energumene in the Champion Chase before being pulled up at Aintree.

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