Polarisation pictured here at Ascot for the Shergar Cup under Graham Lee
Sandown Park hosts the Grade One action this weekend in the form of the Tingle Creek Chase named in honour of the flashy chestnut 2 miler that epitomised the word "Chaser", and tomorrow sees the opening day of the two day meeting held in his name.
Day one's feature event is the Grade 2 Winter Novices Hurdle or as it is now known Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle, there are three or four horses in with a really good chance, but the intruiging runner on the card is in the opener.
Polarisation was trained by Mark Johnston on the flat, where he was a four time winner last season. The highlight of these was his victory in the Betfred Melrose Handicap at York and this three year old gelded son of Echo Of Light, out of a Pivotal mare looks like just the type to take to the winter game.
He is a big rangy horse that Sandown Park will suit with its long climb, and as the flat wins were over between 12f-14f it would appear that stamina is going to be the strong suit. This coupled with a liking for soft ground, (something that Pivotal's are prone to being fond of) it all points to him making a promising debut over obstacles.
In opposition is the ex Aidan O'Brien Jinsha Lake now in the care of Evan Williams. This Galileo colt was unspectacular over in Ireland on the level, but a market move would be interesting. The main danger to Polarisation though is likely to be from the Simon Munir owned Fingertips.
Trained by David Pipe this French import was thrown into the deep end on his first start on these shores, taking his chance in the Grade 2 JCB Triumph Hurdle trial at the Cheltenham Open Meeting. There he sweated up beforehand, and his effort in the race was uninspiring finishing tailed off having made the early running.
Romain De Senam finished placed in that race and has been beaten at 1/4fav since by a stablemate of Polarisation.
So in receipt of 10lb from Fingertips, Polarisation should run a good race in this Juvenile event.