Sire De Grugy will look to make the most of the absence of Sprinter Sacre as the Gary Moore-trained raider heads to Sandown Park for what is now a wide open renewal of the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase at 3:00pm and could provide some vital clues for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The former Celebration Chase winner will face a host of notable rivals and Nicky Henderson will now look for Captain Conan to step up to the mark as he ventures out of the novice division, whilst the Haldon Gold Cup victor Somersby is another eye-catching contender for the coveted prize.
Elsewhere on a cracking card at the Esher venue, Jonjo O'Neill's Taquin Du Seuil will aim to build on a fine win over Oscar Whisky at Cheltenham and will go for victory in a crackerjack renewal of the Henry VIII Novices' Chase, but the likes of Grandouet and Balder Succes are a brace of classy contenders for the 1:50pm Grade One.
Aintree will provide some top notch national hunt action and there will be Grand National clues at 2:05pm as a bumper field of 24 runners will line up for an ultra-competitive running of the Betfred Becher Chase and WIllie Mullins will be hoping that On His Own can complete the idiosyncratic course and land the money.
Paul Nicholls's Unioniste could only finish third in the Charlie Hall Chase and will look to bounce back to winning ways in the Listed Betfred Goals Galore Chase at 2:40pm, but Katenko, The Giant Bolster and Wishfull Thinking are a classy triumvirate bidding for success in the superb support contest.
They return to the unique National fences for the final race of the day and Merseyside specialist Donald McCain will saddle Dunowen Point in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at 3:15pm for what is another cracking betting heats for punters to get stuck into on a super Saturday.
Taquin Du Seuil (2pts Win) - 1:50pm Sandown
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Flemenstar managed to get the better of Sir Des Champs in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown 12 months ago and that pair will do battle again on Sunday afternoon in what looks a thrilling renewal of the Grade One highlight at 1:35pm.
Tony Martin's new recruit was a workmanlike winner of the Fortria Chase last time out and will be hoping to build on that Navan effort, but Willie Mullins will not only saddle Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs, who is having his first run of the season, but will also give emphatic Clonmel Oil Chase winner Arvika Ligeonniere a start in what is a thrilling renewal.
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National hunt fans would've been disappointed with the news that Sprinter Sacre will not take his place in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday, but this has left the door open for another contender to land the Grade One contest and Gary Moore's Sire De Grugy will be a prominent figure in the betting.
Nicky Henderson is set to be represented by Captain Conan, who could be a major danger, whilst Mick Channon's Haldon Gold Cup winner Somersby will be another star attraction in a race that has lost a bit of its glamour.
Aintree will attract some stellar fields over the weekend and their obvious highlight will see a host of potential Grand National-bound horses do battle in what will be a cracking renewal of the Betfred Becher Chase and the National market is sure to have a shake-up following the completion of the competitive event.
The Irish challengers could well try their hand at the unique fences and On His Own could be one of those raiders from the Emerald Isle taking their chance, but there will be a stellar field lining up for what is always a fascinating spectacle.
Our resident tipster Steve Chambo will be filtering through the form guides to gain those all-important winners, whilst racing presenter Tom Lee's Horse Racing Tips will be a regular addition to the tipping zone.
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