You almost certainly will not get rich quick, but Sprinter Sacre looks impossible to oppose in Tuesday’s feature Boylesports.com Champion Chase on the opening day of what promises to be another tremendous Punchestown Festival.
The presence of the highest rated jumps horse in the world – and one of the highest rated ever for that matter – is the cherry on top of the cake for the Punchestown executive, as trainer, Nicky Henderson, has come good on his promise made after Sprinter Sacre’s demolition of the opposition at Aintree earlier this month, to give Irish racegoers a chance to see this truly superb racehorse in the flesh.
At 1/7 in the Punchestown Festival betting, it will probably be just professional punters who wade in to back the unbeaten chaser, so those looking for a better value bet might want to take up BetVictor’s Punchestown Festival 2013 April 23rd-27th MONEY BACK MULLINS! If your selection finishes 2nd to a Willie Mullins-trained winner, we will refund your losing win stake up to £25 as a free bet.
Sprinter Sacre will face a maximum of four rivals in the two-mile contest, principal amongst them the former champion chaser, Sizing Europe, trained locally by Henry de Bromhead.
On the evidence of their last meeting the old horse has very little chance of reversing the placings having given his all in the Queen Mother Champion Chase last month at Cheltenham, but he still ended up being outclassed, trounced by no less than 19 lengths as Henderson’s superstar barely came off the bridle to win in a canter.
Days Hotel, Foildubh, and Noble Prince are all Grade 1 contenders under normal circumstances but are rated more than 30lbs inferior to the favourite Punchestown Festival bet so – bar a fall from Sprinter Sacre – they are surely racing for second place at the very best.