Sprinter Sacre will aim to maintain his unblemished record on Tuesday afternoon, as he makes his first trip across the Irish Sea to compete in the Boylesports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival and the Nicky Henderson-trained wonder horse will be sent off at prohibitive odds to land another Grade One success.
Atfer trouncing his rivals with a facile victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase the Seven Barrows superstar then showed he can excel over 2m 4f with an equally-as-impressive win in the Melling Chase at Aintree, but Henderson will drop him back to two miles on Tuesday for what could be another domination from the unbeaten chaser.
Sizing Europe won this 12 months ago, but connections are hardly going to be confident when he aims to retain his title as he was trounced by 19 lengths in the aforementioned Queen Mother and looked like he was unable to deal with the Henderson-trained phenomenon, who has left many racegoers open-mouthed over his dominance in the division.
Henry De Bromhead has to be credited for letting his stable star take on Sprinter Sacre, but he will face a gargantuan task to get near his rival and the betting suggests that it should be another easy victory in a race that will see three other rivals take their chance in what could be another romp.
1/7 Sprinter Sacre
6/1 Sizing Europe
25/1 Days Hotel
50/1 Noble Prince
4/5 Sizing Europe
10/3 Days Hotel
11/1 Noble Prince
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The Punchestown Champion Chase is a Grade One race run at the Punchestown Festival over two miles for horses aged five years or older.
One of the highlights of the Punchestown extravaganza, this contest often attracts horses that have competed at the Cheltenham Festival in the Queen Mother Champion Chase as they look to rack up their second Grade One prize in a few weeks of each other.
Not only does this contest lure in the great two mile chasers from Ireland, but many horses from the UK travel over to take part in the contest and many have been successful down the years and have etched their name in the illustrious roll of honour.
Fortria was a classy winner of this race back in the 1960's for Tom Dreaper, who is incidentally the most successful trainer with six wins in the contest's history.
Viking Flagship won the Punchestown Champion Chase in 1993 before becoming the top two-miler by bagging the Queen Mother Champion Chase crown in both 1994 and 1995 for trainer David Nicholson.
Flagship Uberalles was another who bagged glory each side of the Irish Sea as he bagged Champion Chase glory at the 2003 Cheltenham Festival before securing the Punchestown Champion Chase crown the following year.
Moscow Flyer adds great substance to the race's history as he went on to win the 2004 and secured a second Champion Chase crown at Prestbury Park in 2005, whilst Master Minded was the last horse to achieve success in both this contest and the Queen Mother in the same season as Paul Nicholls' star bagged dual glory in 2009.