Sprinter Sacre: step up in trip is not the plan for star chaserPICTURE: Getty Images
King George VI not on agenda for Sprinter Sacre
NICKY HENDERSON has warned ante-post punters to avoid backing Sprinter Sacre for the King George VI at Kempton, as the star chaser "won't even be entered."
As short as 6-4 for the 3m race with William Hill and favourite across the board with bookmakers, the race will not be on the brilliant seven-year-old's radar, with Henderson prefering to keep Sprinter Sacre at 2m, with the defence of his Queen Mother Champion Chase title the aim at the Cheltenham Festival.
Henderson, speaking in an interview with Channel 4 Racing, said: "They can put him in the betting all they like but it's daylight robbery if they're going to convince anyone to back him because he won't even be entered."
Unbeaten in ten starts over fences, Sprinter Sacre will instead tackle the Tingle Creek and Victor Chandler Chase, races he was victorious in last season.
Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth is also unlikely to head to Kempton, as Henderson said: "It's not a good track for Bobs Worth, who loves going left-handed and loves Cheltenham."
However, with the wealth of talent at his disposal, Henderson could be represented in the King George VI by Racing Post Arkle winner Simonsig. "He started over two miles three furlongs last year, and he won the Neptune the year before that," Henderson added.
"It all tells you he stays and I wouldn't rule him out of the King George. Otherwise he's going to have to go straight in and take on Sprinter Sacre which would be quite a pity."