Super Sacre marches on

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 10:45 GMT

Sprinter Sacre is now 2/5 from 1/2 with Boylesports to give trainer Nicky Henderson a third success in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

Sprinter Sacre: As short as 1/4 for the Festival
Sprinter Sacre: As short as 1/4 for the Festival

William Hill and Paddy Power go the same price and that is currently the best on offer with BetVictor and Coral going an amazing 1/4 to claim victory at the Festival in March.

BetVictor have subsequently eased the vanquished Sanctuaire out to 20s from 12s while possible Irish challenger Flemenstar has also drifted a fraction to beat Sprinter Sacre to 5/1 (was 9/2).

BetVictor have cut Henderson's juvenile Rolling Star from 9/1 to 6/1 for the Triumph Hurdle after landing the opening Juvenile Hurdle on Festival Trials' Day at Cheltenham.

Sky Bet also went 6/1 from 10s as the winner pounced after the last flight to readily draw clear of the well-backed Irish Saint.

Stan James were more impressed and went 5/1 from 8/1 and spokesman Rory Jiwani said: "Rolling Star won pretty cosily on his first start for Nicky Henderson with Barry Geraghty supremely confident of overhauling Irish Saint.

"With improvement more than likely, we definitely want to keep him onside ahead of the Festival.

"We've cut Rolling Star from 8/1 to 5/1 favourite for the Triumph with Irish Saint out to 14/1 from 12/1. Paul Nicholls' Far West remains a 7/1 chance and it's 10/1 bar those."

There was a thrilling finish to the Argento Chase as Cape Tribulation reeled in Imperial Commander in the closing stages to claim the recognised Cheltenham Gold Cup trial.

Imperial Commander is now 20s from 33s for the big race in March with William Hill while Cape Tribulation trades at 25s having been offer at 66s.

Bobs Worth missed the contest having not been quite right in the build-up and he is the firm's 3/1 market leader.

BetVictor cut both Cape Tribulation and Imperial Commander to 25/1 from 100s and 50s respectively.

Katenko continued his progression over fences with victory in the Murphy Group Chase and Stan James cut Venetia Williams' seven-year-old from 66/1 to 25/1 for the Gold Cup as well.

Rory Jiwani observed: "He looks a future star and he's our 6/1 favourite for the Grand National Trial at Haydock in three weeks."

Boylesports have shortened Simonsig to 4/6 from 4/5 for the Arkle at Cheltenham following the mishaps of Arvika Ligeonniere and Oscars Well at Leopardstown.

Arvika Ligeonniere fell in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase while Oscars Well made a bad mistake at the last to hand victory to Benefficient.

Head of Communications Leon Blanche said: "Simonsig remains the red-hot favourite for the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham with Donald McCain's Overturn nearest in the betting at 5/1."

Ladbrokes make Benefifcient a 25/1 chance for the Arkle on the back of that effort.

At Fishers Cross is now the new favourite with Boylesports for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle following his success over The New One.

Blanche added: "At Fishers Cross looked a real contender for the Albert Bartlett Hurdle when coming late to deny The New One a fifth consecutive win.

"Trainer Rebecca Curtis also thinks that race is the preference so Boylesports have installed him as the 4/1 market leader.

"The New One is 5/1 co-favourite for the Neptune Hurdle."

Finally, there was yet another fantastic finish in the Cleeve Hurdle over three miles as Reve de Sivola just got the better of Oscar Whisky.

Sponsors Ladbrokes make both 5/1 joint-favourites for the World Hurdle at the Festival.

Sky Bet believe that the runner-up could get his revenge when they meet again and go 4/1 Oscar Whisky and 9/2 Reve de Sivola.

Stan James trimmed Reve de Sivola from 6/1 to 4/1 favourite with Oscar Whisky 5/1 from 11/2.

Rory Jiwani said: "Nicky Henderson's star appeared to get the trip and he could perhaps reverse the form on better ground.

"But for now we're happy to have Reve de Sivola as our favourite with the Champion Hurdle still a possibility for Oscar Whisky."