Sacre ready to be unleashed
Our gallops reporter heads to Lambourn to run the rule over Nicky Henderson's string including Sprinter Sacre.
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Nicky Henderson worked the majority of his weekend runners, with several horses put through their paces on the Seven Barrows gallops this morning.
As long as Sandown survives a frost scare, SPRINTER SACRE will be back to wow jump racing's cognoscenti in the Tingle Creek.
Not since the days of Tingle himself has a horse lit up the two-mile scene in quite the way Sprinter Sacre has - and that is before the unbeaten novice even fully embarks upon a career in conditions chases.
There is tremendous pressure from the media and a public hungry to see the six-year-old resume from where he left off last season.
Sprinter Sacre side-stepped his intended return in the Schloer Chase at Cheltenham last month on account of unsuitably testing ground, but has subsequently shown himself to be in tremendous form at home, giving connections confidence that he can shake off the attentions of Sanctuaire in Saturday's feature.
FRENCH OPERA also holds the Tingle Creek engagement and has been moving well in his own right.
Good ground would suit him at Sandown.
He showed when chasing home Sprinter Sacre in last season's Game Spirit Chase in February he retains much of his ability.
CAPTAIN CONAN made a perfect start to his career as a chaser when winning at the Paddy Power meeting and has also done well.
He looked in great order in his latest breeze and will be a major threat to Overturn if turning up for the Henry VII Novices' Chase.
MY TENT OR YOURS looks an exciting prospect for novice hurdles and has schooled well either side of his comeback win at Ascot.
He was a tad too keen for his own good that day but has looked more settled in his work.
Henderson believes he could be near top class.
BEAR'S AFFAIR would be an interesting runner if going to Aintree for the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.
He has been ready to rock and roll for a while and only missed the "Fixed Brush" race at Haydock because of the very testing going.
His novice status over fences was preserved last season and Henderson plans one run over hurdles before returning to chasing.