Only 17 horses have been in entered in the 2m Queen Mother Champion Chase and there will sure to be a fair few less than 17 running come the big day with brilliant Sprinter Sacre 'The Black Aeroplane' as he been called will most likely scare away much of the potential opposition.
I was lucky enough to be at Sandown to witness Sprinter Sacre put up one of the most breathtaking performences you will ever see when taking The Tingle Creek Chase by 15 lengths without breaking sweat. I took the chance to see him in the winners enclosure after the race and you will have to go a long way to see a more impressive horse and I must say to anyone reading to try and be at the track to see him someday as this is a horse with potenially superstar quality.
The 3rd placed horse that day Sancturaire who blitzed a high class field in the Celebration Chase last April was nothing but a sitting duck after trying to repeat his trailblazing tactics that has been so effective earlier in the year and most likely would have been successful here without a horse of such brilliance in the field. He went on to win the grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase by 13 lengths on his next outing just to reoffirm Sprinter Sacre's dominance that day.
With no disrespect to the other entries but I feel they are only running for place money with the only horse that could possibly give him a race but only if the ground is very heavy is the popular Irish trained Flemenstar who himself has put up some performences of the highest order over in Ireland but with entries also in the Ryanair and Gold Cup at The Festival it will be a while before its clear if he will take his chance.
Overall lets just hope Sprinter Sacre turns up fit and well on the day. He demonstrated how well he handles Cheltenham when romping home in last years Arkle and this could well be the crowning of a new king of NH racing.