Sacre eased after Kempton woe

  • Last Updated: December 28 2013, 15:07 GMT

Sky Bet were the first fixed odds firm back out with the Queen Mother Champions Chase betting after Sprinter Sacre was pulled up at Kempton in the Desert Orchid Chase.

Sprinter Sacre is now out to 5/4 for the Champion Chase
Sprinter Sacre is now out to 5/4 for the Champion Chase

Trainer Nicky Henderson had been forced to skip the Tingle Creek with the highest-rated jumps horse in training due to an unsatisfactory scope and this Grade Two was suddenly the focus of his attentions.

Slightly awkward at a couple of his early fences, Barry Geraghty pulled him up with just under a mile to run but remained on board as he trotted back.

Sprinter Sacre is now out to 5/4 at Sky Bet for the Champion Chase following the news he returned to unsaddle with an irregular heartbeat. Ladbrokes go 4/6 while 888sport just about split the difference at evens.

Sire De Grugy made the best of his way home in Sprinter Sacre's absence in the closing stages and he is now 4/1 from 8/1 with Sky Bet and just 5/2 with Ladbrokes.

Earlier, Dodging Bullets fired his way in to the winners' enclosure with an excellent performance on the same card and he's now a general 8/1 chance for the Arkle, with runner-up Grandouet eased to 20s by Stan James, bet365 and 888sport.

"Dodging Bullets is a genuine contender and could challenge Champagne Fever for the top spot in the Arkle market," said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

In other news, William Hill make Vicenzo Mio co-third favourite at 20/1 for the Triumph Hurdle after his success at Kempton Park leaving Sky Bet's 25/1 as the standout price.

It strengthens the chances of Paul Nicholls winning the race, as he already has favourite Calipto at a best price of 16/1 with Ladbrokes.

Over in Ireland, Philip Fenton's The Tullow Tank was cut for a pair of novice hurdles at the Festival following his Grade One victory in a race which saw Moyle Park well beaten.

The Tullow Tank is now a standout 14/1 chance for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle with BetVictor and 16/1 with that firm and Boylesports for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, with Moyle Park out to 25s for the latter.

Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes said: "The Tullow Tank looked as formidable a force as his namesake crossing the line at Leopardstown and we've slashed him in the betting for both the Supreme and Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham."

  • Updated at 0945 GMT on 28/12/2013.