Victor Chandler Chase Preview

Sprinter Sacre is set for his final start before the Cheltenham Festival in the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

The seven-year old, who is 1/2 in the Betfair Cheltenham odds, is bidding for the fourth Grade One success of his career in the 2m1f contest over fences.

After winning the Tingle Creek at Sandown back in December, he is short odds-on favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival in March.

The last time he raced at Prestbury Park he won the Arkle in convincing fashion in 2012, finishing ahead of Cue Card and Al Ferof in the 2m novice contest.

Nicky Henderson’s star is unbeaten over fences in eight outings and will start very short for the feature race of the weekend.

His biggest threat is likely to come from Sanctuair; however, he did beat Paul Nicholls’ runner by some distance in their previous clash at Sandown.

The French-import has bounced back since then though to win at Kempton in the Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase over the festive period.

There’s also a return on Saturday for last year’s winner, Somersby. His win in this race 12 months ago was his first Grade One success after numerous placings in the top grade.

He managed to get the better of Finian’s Rainbow in the closing stages of the contest at Ascot to upset the odds on Betfair.

Connections of Kumbeshwar will be hoping their runner will be able to go one better then the second place he has finished on his last two starts; first, behind Sprinter Sacre in the Tingle Creek, and then at Kempton behind Sanctuaire.

He did win at Haydock earlier in the season though over 2m in a beginners’ chase.

 

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