Sprinter Sacre - Ascot - 19/02/2011

Sprinter Sacre: a general 5-6 favourite for the Racing Post Arkle

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Sprinter Sacre takes on five in Racing Post Arkle

SPRINTER SACRE will face five rivals in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at Cheltenham on Tuesday, for which he was general 5-6 favourite following declarations, though Coral went 8-11.

Al Ferof, Cue Card and Menorah will likely pose the threats to the Arkle favourite, victory for whom is estimated to cost Paddy Power £3million as they are offering money back on losing horses if Sprinter Sacre wins.

Blackstairmountain and Foildubh will represent Ireland, with Foildubh, winner of one of his eight chase starts, a 100-1 shot with Coral.

Sprinter Sacre is the first of five odds-on shots at this year's festival, at which bookmakers are fearing calamity should they all win, a situation that would be compounded should Long Run win the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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