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Sprinter Sacre

Sprinter Sacre: best-price 1-2 to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase

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Sprinter Sacre scares off Champion Chase rivals

SPRINTER SACRE could have to defeat the last two winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the crown he so covets, with both Sizing Europe and Finian's Rainbow among his 16 potential opponents.

The young pretender already seems to rule the 2m chasing division, but the crown would be confirmation of his fantastic ability that has quickly seen him annointed as one of the best ever to operate over a fence.

Cue Card, who has finished one place behind Sprinter Sacre at the last two Festivals, could also reoppose, while Ireland's most exciting chasing prospect Flemenstar also gets an entry.

Sanctuaire, Simonsig, Somersby and William's Wishes add further intrigue, but the field will no doubt be depleted with rivals running scared of Henderson's wonderhorse.

Of the big guns, most will no doubt feel they have a better chance of winning a race at the Festival elsewhere and the question remains, will any be brave enough to take on the seven-year-old who looks set to dominate the division?

Many of those rivals also appeared among the Ryanair entries, where the 39 amassed highlights just how many have already opted to avoid Sprinter Sacre.

Over 5f further, two-time Ryanair winner and three-time Festival hero Albertas Run appears among the entries, as does Riverside Theatre who so gamely derailed the hat-trick bid after the last in one of the most thrilling races the Festival has ever produced.

Jewson one-two Sir Des Champs and Champion Court join the likes of Cue Card, Finian's Rainbow, Flemenstar, Realt Dubh, Rubi Light, Sizing Europe, Somersby, William's Wishes and Wishfull Thinking, who all got entries for both the Champion Chase and Ryanair.

Bog Warrior, Bold Sir Brian, First Lieutenant, Grands Crus, Kauto Stone, Menorah, Unioniste, Walkon and Zaynar are other notable Ryanair entries.

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