Sprinter Sacre And Sanctuaire Ready For Tingle Creek Clash

Sprinter Sacre will attempt to cement his place at the head of the ante-post betting for the 2013 Queen Mother Champion Chase by bagging victory in Saturday's Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park, but the Nicky Henderson-trained superstar will face his stiffest task to date, as he locks horns with the exciting Sanctuaire in a mouthwatering clash.

An outstanding winner of the Arkle Challenge Trophy at last season's Cheltenham Festival, the Seven Barrows inmate was a real jumping spectacle as he produced some mind-blowing displays over the larger obstacles and those wins saw him slashed to a short-priced favourite for the Champion Chase in March.

Henderson has always held his raider in high regard and opted to bypass the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham's Open meeting last month, as he didn't want to take too much out of his star, but he should be fighting fit for Saturday's clash against another exciting star in Sanctuaire.

Last seen romping to victory in the Celebration Chase at Sandown, when beating Somersby by 19 lengths, Sanctuaire's front-running tactics have ground rivals into submission and Paul Nicholls will be hoping that he can do just that against his major adversary on Saturday, in what appears to be a two horse contest for the prize.

A former Fred Winter winner, the Ditcheat inmate is another who has sparkled over the larger obstacles and he will be looking to cause a major upset, but it will be his hardest task to date and he will need to produce a career best.

Of the other entries received, former Grand Annual winner French Opera will take his place, whilst Alan King's Kumbeshwar is another eyecatching entry in what is sure to be an informative renewal for punters regards the hierarachy of the 2m chasers.

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