Saturday sees the eagerly awaited running of one of the great midseason chases The Victor Chandler at Ascot.
It’s something of a racing cliche but you really can’t beat the top two mile chasers in full flight and this year we might just be seeing one of the best we have seen for a long long time.
The horse is Sprinter Sacre and he will be strutting his stuff on Saturday against about the best there is in opposition. To give you an idea of his dominance the best ante post price I can see for him is William Hill’s not seemingly over generous 1/5 so unless it’s a mortgage job nobody is getting rich on the back of this horse anytime soon.
But can that price be realistic, is any horse that dominant in this tricky two mile division to merit being such an on the face of it ludicrous price. Well consider this I and many others tried to get him beat last time out in the Tingle Creek on what looked like the perfect opportunity. He was first time out and he was taking on a real speed ball and track specialist Sanctuaire.
The result was Sprinter Sacre broke Sanctuaire’s heart and those that had backed him too as he walked past him with an ease barely seen at this level. What makes it all the more extraordinary is that Sanctuaire won very impressively next time out giving the form yet another rubberstamp.
Well the aforementioned Sanctuaire is currently second favourite for Saturday’s Victor Chandler and can anyone, even the horse’s trainer and his best friends build a believable case for that form being turned round. My worry with Sprinter Sacre is that he’s simply so good and will be so dominant that he will scare off opposition like Big Bucks has done in the hurdling ranks and we will have to get used to seeing him in small field processions. That hasn’t happened as yet and Saturday should be a good strong field with depth and class, but will it test him?
We could be seeing jumpings answer to Frankel so whatever you are planning on doing this Saturday do it around watching this horse he could be very very special. I recently spoke to Mike Cattermole about this horse who tells me he has rarely seen such an attractive horse who seems to look at the others in the paddock with almost contempt so it would appear he has the lot. Racing needs its heroes in an ever more competitive market place he is the sort who could get onto the back pages not just the racing pages.
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Have a great racing and betting week.
Back next Thursday.