The Open Meeting at Cheltenham has been given a massive boost this week with the news that Champion Chase favourite Sprinter Sacre will be making his debut over the weekend. The Nicky Henderson in-mate is perhaps the most exciting horse currently in training and connections have confirmed that he is set to make his seasonal debut in the Shloer Chase on Sunday afternoon. It will be the first time we have seen Sprinter Sacre on a race track since his scintillating win at Aintree in April when he won the Maghull Novices Chase in some style. That win followed his stunning success in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March when he dispatched the excellent Cue Card by some distance to ear mark him out as a potential superstar of the future. He remains unbeaten over fences so far and it would be a massive surprise if that record was to be tarnished in a relatively weak race at Cheltenham this weekend with only seven horses set to oppose the hot favourite.
All roads lead to the Queen Mother Champion Chase this season for Sprinter Sacre with the Tingle Creek at Sandown likely to be his next target after his seasonal debut this weekend. Sprinter Sacre is already as short as even money for the Champion Chase at the Festival which is based purely on his form from last season and if as expected he hacks up at the Open Meeting that price could contract still further on Sunday afternoon. The two mile division is looking like a cracking one this season with second season chasers like Sprinter Sacre and Cue Card set to take on more experienced horses like current Champion Chaser Finians Rainbow and 2011 winner Sizing Europe. The Champion Chase promises to be one of the highlights of Cheltenham in March but for now all eyes will be on Sprinter Sacre on Sunday as we wait to find out if he can begin to realise the potential he started to show as a novice last season.