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Sprinter Aims To Sparkle On Day Two As Bookmakers Aim To Bounce Back

Tuesday 10th March 2015

Sprinter Sacre will be one of the main attractions on day two of the Cheltenham Festival as the Nicky Henderson-trained star will aim to recapture his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown on Wednesday afternoon, but the Seven Barrows inmate will have to get the better of reigning champion Sire De Grugy in the second day showpiece.

After the bookmakers suffered some huge losses on day one of the meeting with Douvan, Un De Sceaux and Faugheen all romping to glory in their respected Grade 1 races, the betting firms will be eager to get some of the fancied runners beaten and the aforementioned Champion Chase duo will be two of the premier runners they try to get beat.

They spearhead the betting for the Wednesday Championship event and Ladbrokes are taking on Sprinter Sacre as they are refunding all losing bets if the 2013 winner lifts the 2m crown again, so it's worth looking at the Magic Sign when selecting your Champion Chase bets.

Yet again there will be some sparkling races throughout the afternoon and it will be the Willie Mullins-trained Don Poli who will be a red-hot favourite for the RSA Chase, as he looks to hand the Irish another win at the meeting, but in Kings Palace and The Young Master he will have a brace of home challengers lining up in the 3m contest.

Prior to that contest the Neptune Novices' Hurdle will kick off the meeting at 1.30pm and Nichiols Canyon and Outlander are two leading players and Sky Bet are refunding your losing bets if your selection finishes second or third in the 2m 5f contest.

The Coral Cup will take place at 2.40pm and will be one of the most hotly-contested handicaps of the entire week in what is a punting minefield, whilst the Cross Country Handicap Chase at 4.00pm will see Martin Keighley's Any Currency attempt to go one better than last year.

Wednesday's action finishes with the emerging talents and the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at 4.40pm will see some exciting four-year-olds do battle, whilst the Champion Bumper will round off the day at 5.15pm and the Grade 1 contest is awash with Willie Mullins-trained runners, as he aims to build on his fabulous four from the opening day.

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