Sprinter Sacre Sparkles In Victor Chandler Entries

Impressive Tingle Creek Chase winner and ante-post favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Sprinter Sacre was the star attraction in the 13 entries received for the Victor Chandler Chase, which takes place at Ascot on January 19.

Having trounced Sanctuaire at Sandown Park a few weeks ago, Nicky Henderson's sensation will now look to cement his place at the top of the two-mile chasing tree and he has been installed a short-priced favourite for the Ascot contest as he looks to continue on his meteoric rise up the chasing rankings.

Even though Ruby Walsh set a fierce gallop on board Sanctuaire in the aforementioned Tingle Creek Chase, Barry Geraghty on board Sprinter Sacre never got worried and in the third part of the contest sauntered past his main rival to win with every bit in hand and propel to an odds-on shot for the Champion Chase in March.

He was simply faultless, bar a niggling mistake down the back straight, and he will now look to secure his dominance over Sanctuaire, who came out and won with aplomb next time out.  However, Paul Nicholls raider will surely have to benefit from some misfortune to Sprinter Sacre if he is to turn the tables with his old foe.

Somersby was a battling win of the contest 12 months ago and he could well line up again at the Berkshire venue as he looks to stake his claim as a potential Ryanair Chase contender, whilst the likes of Kumbeshwar, who finished second to Sprinter Sacre in the Tingle Creek, and the classy Rubi Light add decent depth to the fascinating renewal.  However, all eyes will be on the Seven Barrows sensation in a fortnight and he should duly hack up with aplomb yet again and enhance his lofty reputation.

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