Sprinter Sacre Heads Victor Chandler Nonet

Sprinter Sacre fans will be excited by the positive news emerging from Cheltenham over the last couple of days and that they should be able to pass a 9am inspection on Friday morning for Saturday's Festival Trials Day and the Nicky Henderson-trained superstar heads a field of nine declarations for the Victor Chandler Chase.

Having been scheduled for last weekend at Ascot, officials were quick to get the Grade One contest on, and it was Cheltenham who offered to stage the contest that adds phenomenal depth to a meeting that will see an array of Cheltenham Festival clues emerge.

One of the leading trials for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the VC Chase could well be dominated by Sprinter Sacre, who has been a revelation over fences and is looking to cement his place at the head of the Queen Mother betting with another demolition of his rivals.

The class he showed when trouncing Sanctuaire in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park last month was one of sheer beauty and that pair will lock horns with the latter likely to adopt less forceful tactics under Ruby Walsh.  Paul Nicholls's Sanctuaire did win impressively at Kempton Park next time up, but this is a whole new ball game and he will have to improve immeasurably to land a blow.

Somersby is now under the trainingship of Mick Channon and he will be making his seasonal reappearance in a race that he won last year, but this will be a tougher task, whilst WIlliam's Wishes is looking for his sixth win on the spin for trainer Evan Williams, but this is a major step up from handicap company he has been keeping in recent months and he will have his work cut out in a race dominated by one horse.

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