Sacre Stars In Tingle

Sat 8th Dec 2012, 15:25

Sprinter Sacre
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Sprinter Sacre slammed his rivals when winning the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in a canter.

Paul Nicholls had exuded confidence in Sanctuaire, an impressive winner of his last three starts, and the two mile Grade One contest was billed as a match between the pair.

The eventuality couldn't have been more one-sided as Nicky Henderson's star breezed past his rival.

Sanctuaire has been a reformed character since being given his head over fences and Ruby Walsh opened up an advantage of at least 10 lengths on the far side of the Esher track.

Barry Geraghty aboard the eventual winner had halved that gap by the first of the Railway Fences and was alongside at the Pond Fence, three from home.

Walsh was beginning to niggle but neither Geraghty nor Sprinter Sacre had broken sweat and the pair glided past their rival.

The final two fences proved no obstacle to the brilliant six year old.

The exploits of Sanctuaire told as he was passed late on by Kumbeshwar who finished a distant second.

The performance left the bookmakers running for cover with Sky Bet quoting Sprinter Sacre at 2/5 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.

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