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Jonbon takes Tingle Creek chance with gritty win ahead of Edwardstone


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Nicky Henderson scratched most of his declared runners on the card on Saturday, but Jonbon, his star two-mile chaser, was allowed to take his chance in the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase and duly rewarded the trainer’s confidence, easing home nearly three lengths clear of Edwardstone, last year’s winner, after taking it up on the run to the final fence.

Sent off at 30-100, Jonbon was less flamboyant than usual through the first mile-and-a-half, as Nico de Boinville took account of the testing conditions, but he was fully in command in the closing stages and remains second-favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March at around 11-4.

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