Sacre scares away Cheltenham rivals
Star steeplechaser Sprinter Sacre is likely to face only minimal opposition as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record over fences at Cheltenham this Sunday.
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With trainer Nicky Henderson having long made clear his plans to run in the Shloer Chase, Sprinter Sacre's presence has frightened off a number of potential rivals and despite the race having been re-offered for a further 24 hours until Tuesday morning, only seven rivals have been entered for the two-mile chase.
Wishfull Thinking endured a rollercoaster campaign last season, but his second to Finian's Rainbow in the Melling Chase confirmed him a smart performer on his day.
He heads the possible challengers to Sprinter Sacre, along with the Paul Nicholls-trained Doeslessthanme.
However the likes of Lancetto, Imperial Shabra, Falcon Island, Finch Flyer and redoubtable veteran Kinkeel - rated 98lb inferior to the favourite on official ratings - are unlikely to cause Henderson too many sleepless nights.
With Henderson's team moving up a gear this weekend, the trainer is also likely to saddle the favourite for the other re-offered race on Sunday, the Racing Post Arkle Trial Novices' Chase, having declared Captain Conan for the race.
Rebel Rebellion, His Excellency and Third Intention are among the likely rivals.