Horse Racing: Sprinter Sacre Returns for Sodexo Clarence House ChasePublished January 17, 2015 by Amir G
Top chaser Sprinter Sacre returns for the Sodexo Clarence House Chase today at Ascot (15:00 UK time)
Horse racing fans will set their sights over to Ascot this Saturday as the Sodexo Clarence House Chase shoots off at 15:00 UK time. Run over 2 miles and 1 furlong, the track includes 13 fences to jump.
Sprinter Sacre Returns to Action
One of the biggest headlines for this race is the return of Sprinter Sacre, the highest-rated chaser which became the first horse in 14 years to bit three festivals in one season back in the spring of 2013. The 8-year-old Salle Francais has been off the races since December 2013 due to health concerns, but today he returns hoping for a bang.
Sprinter Sacre has won 14 jump races in his career, but punters and bookies are still a little wary of the returning star. Added to the concerns is the forecasted rain which could affect the horse's performance, as trainer Nicky Henderson himself said that he doesn't want to bring the horse to a comeback on heavy ground. Over at bet365 Sports, Sprinter Sacre's antepost winning odds were 13/8.
Dodging Bullets a Strong Favorite
Should Sprinter Sacre be in his prime today, he'll still have two strong rivals: Dodging Bullets and Twinlight. The 7-year-old Paul Nicholls-trained Dodging Bullets has finished first in the 888 Sport Tingle Creek Chase back in early December. The horse received 6/4 in odds at bet365 and a Nicholls horse cannot be a bad pick.
The 8-year-old Willie Mullins-trained Twinlight is also a good bet, having finished first in his last two races (although pulled up at the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase in early December). Twinlight was 5/1 to win at bet365, and another interesting competitor is the veteran Somersby with 9/2.
Live at bet365 Sports
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