Sandown showdown on track
Big guns Sprinter Sacre and Sanctuaire feature among 10 entries for the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday after the Grade One contest was re-opened until Tuesday morning.
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The two brilliant two-milers will put their 100% records over fences on the line at the Esher venue in an eagerly-awaited showdown.
The Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre was a superb winner of the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival while Sanctuaire has yet to put a foot wrong since Paul Nicholls switched him to the bigger obstacles.
Nicholls has also entered Doeslessthanme and Henderson also has a second string in French Opera.
The numbers are made up by Escort'men, Gracchus, Idarah, Kinkeel, Kumbeshwar and His Excellency.
Of the big pair, it is Sprinter Sacre who is the choice of Sky Bet at 1/2, with Sanctuaire next in the betting at 9/4. French Opera is best of the rest at 9/1, with David Pipe's novice His Excellency a 20/1 chance.