Sacre Heads Chandler Entries

Tue 22nd Jan 2013, 12:40

Sprinter Sacre
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The reopened Victor Chandler Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday has attracted 11 entries, including Sprinter Sacre.

Nicky Henderson's Arkle winner is the headline act in the race which has been transferred from last Saturday's abandoned Ascot card.

However, Cheltenham's meeting is also still in the balance.

Along with Sprinter Sacre there is Sanctuaire, Wishfull Thinking, last year's winner Somersby, Shooters Wood, Kumbeshwar, William's Wishes and Mad Moose.

Kinkeel, Oiseau De Nuit and Esteem, last seen finishing third in a claimer at Wolverhampton, complete the field.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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