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Sprinter Sacre Cheltenham 13.3.13

Sprinter Sacre: odds-on to win the Melling Chase with Paddy Power

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Sprinter Sacre 1-3 for Melling Chase glory

THE BIG question surrounding Sprinter Sacre's possible participation in next week's John Smith's Melling Chase is whether Nicky Henderson's star will get the 2m4f trip.

However, Paddy Power are convinced, making the seven-year-old 1-3 favourite for the race.

Flemenstar and Cue Card are the main dangers to Sprinter Sacre's unbeaten record over fences, and the firm are offering a juicy 4-1 for Flemenstar, and 7-1 for Ryanair Chase winner Cue Card.

Paddy Power said: "Sprinter Sacre is arguably the best chaser I've ever seen. But let's not forget Flemenstar is unbeaten over 2m4f (over fences) with the minimum margin of victory being five lengths over Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs. And Cue Card's not bad either!"

The prices for the race will be available on Paddy Power's website from 5pm, along with the John Smith's Aintree Hurdle, for which Henderson has the joint-favourite, Oscar Whisky.

Winner of the last two runnings, the eight-year-old is 3-1 for the hat-trick, along with Zarkandar, with Neptune winner The New One just behind the pair at 100-30.

For the big race, the John Smith's Grand National, Paddy Power went non-runner no bet as of midday on Monday.

Clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch described the ground as 'around soft' at Aintree and said: "We have no snow here at the moment and plenty of grass.

"If we need to put frost covers down we will make that decision but it is not something we are looking at at the moment."

Melling Chase
Paddy Power:
1-3 Sprinter Sacre, 4-1 Flemenstar, 7-1 Cue Card, 20-1 bar

Aintree Hurdle
Paddy Power:
3-1 Oscar Whisky, Zarkandar, 100-30 The New One, 9-2 Countrywide Flame, Grandouet, 10-1 bar

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