December 4 Racing Tips and Odds: Vieux Lion Rouge to roar in the Becher Chase

Some sumptuous jumps action on Saturday, December 4 with the Tingle Creek at Sandown and the Becher Chase at Aintree. Planet Sport tipster Pete Farries has picks for both.

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Protektorat (14.05 Aintree)

Captain Guinness (14.25 Sandown)

Vieux Lion Rouge (14.40 Aintree)

We start with the big one at Sandown and the Tingle Creek Chase where Pete is keen on Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore. Everyone loves a Guinness as long as this one doesn't run flat.

14.25 Sandown - Captain Guinness

Pete is siding with the superb De Bromhead-Blackmore combination and an outsider bet which may prove smart.

Captain Guinness won a nice Grade 3 at Naas last time out under Blackmore and comes to Britain relatively unexposed.

Blackmore is always a top booking and here are just a couple of reasons why Pete thinks Captain Guinness can pour it on.

"Rachael Blackmore stays on board, one of the best jockeys in the business and rode him to victory at Naas last time around. That was such a strong performance at Naas, really impressed by that run and that win.

And also back at Cheltenham all those months ago at the Festival, run superbly albeit in the middle of a Shishkin masterclass, was nowhere near the eventual winner, but again at a big price on a big day found enough to get in the mix."

14.40 Aintree - Vieux Lion Rouge

Pete is keeping faith the David Pipe's veteran Vieux Lion Rouge who is no stranger to success in this race.

Victory over the National fences takes a certain type of horse and Pete is confident that Vieux Lion Rouge's experience can pay dividends.

Tom Scudamore gets the ride for Pipe and here is a snippet of why Pete thinks the lion can pounce.

"I think just the experience, the quality in this race, sensational at Aintree, of course has won this twice before, finished second another time as well. I know Vieux Lion Rouge is perhaps entering the final few Becher Chases of the career but I had to come back, particularly at the price.

So I'm going again, each-way here… what a romantic win that would be but keep an eye out for Mac Tottie for Peter Bowen as well."

14.05 Aintree - Protektorat

Dan Skelton's six-year-old looks a class act and Pete is not put off by a relatively short price here.

A winner in April of a Grade 1 chase at Aintree, Protektorat had a good lung opener in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham in which he finished second.

Bridget Andrews takes the reins at Aintree and the following represents a snapshot of why Pete fancies Protektorat to protect punters' wagers.

"Was superb, of course, here at Aintree a fair few months ago, I thought suited the course beautifully, ran beautifully and then last time was defeated by Midnight Shadow, despite Midnight Shadow perhaps doing their best to help Protektorat back into the race late on.

But Midnight Shadow was good that day, Protektorat was actually perfectly good as well and I did think that Protektorat was spoken up quite rightly ahead of that race at Cheltenham. This time around at Aintree where there has been a win before for Protektorat, I think it's going to be this time around a win for the likely favourite."

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