Sprinter Sacre heads 17 entries for the Grade One Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, the feature race on day two of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13.
The Nicky Henderson-trained horse has been superb in his short career so far and was an easy winner of the Arkle last March.
He will now try and follow in the footsteps of Sizing Europe and secure two victories at the Festival in successive seasons.
Sizing Europe’s trainer, Henry De Bromhead might run his jumper in the Champions Chase, but he is keeping his options open: “The Champion Chase is a race we are looking at for Sizing Europe.” He said.
Bromhead then added: “He has been entered in the Ryanair and the Gold Cup too and we just want to keep our options open at this stage.
“He seems in great form at the moment and we have been delighted with his performances this season. His win at Clonmel was very impressive.
Bromhead has a big decision to make as going up against Sprinter Sacre is extremely tough, but can really show that a horse is one of the best around if they put in a good performance.
The bookmakers can’t seem to look past another victory for Sprinter Sacre you can see why when looking at his record.
Sizing Europe is certainly amongst the contenders though and he is at 6/1 with BetVictor to claim a famous victory. There is no doubt he has the talent, it just depends on what sort of shape Henderson has his favourite in.
One thing is for sure, it will be an absolutely thrilling encounter.