If there is one horse who national hunt punters and fans are looking forward to seeing this winter then that is the highly exciting Sprinter Sacre. The Nicky Henderson horse swept all before him last season including at the Cheltenham Festival where he produced a virtuoso display to win the Arkle Chase Trophy. It was a stunning win for the horse and all roads now lead to a crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase back at Prestbury Park in 2013. Trainer Nicky Henderson has reported the horse to be in fine form at home ahead of the new season with a tried and tested route already set out for the six year old. The Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown looks likely to be Sprinter Sacre's first port of call this winter and if he arrives fit and well he will start the famous race as a hot favourite. If he is successful there then he is likely to go to the Victor Chandler and the Game Spirit Chase before heading back to Cheltenham in March aiming for a second successive Festival win.
Even at this early stage of the season the Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting is being dominated by Sprinter Sacre with the horse even money in places to claim the big prize on day two of the Festival. That only highlights the impressive nature of his win in the Arkle last season and many believe he is one of the most exciting young horses to have emerged in many years. The Champion Chase is a tough race to win though and Sprinter Sacre will have to go up against seasoned chasers like Sizing Europe and Finians Rainbow if he is to fulfil the potential most believe he has. It is worth noting that Sprinter Sacre is still only six years old which is still relatively young for national hunt horses with plenty of improvement still left in his legs. It looks set to be an exciting division this year and with the sport always looking for new superstars it might just be that in the form of Sprinter Sacre, we have just found our next Cheltenham Festival legend.