'Big black aeroplane' hurtling towards Ascot

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 21:09

Sprinter Sacre is set to face six rivals in Saturday's Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot, if the meeting survives a 4.30pm precautionary inspection on Friday.

Nicky Henderson has described the gelding as his "big black aeroplane" and the seven-year-old is unbeaten in his six starts over fences.

In his sole outing so far this season, he dished out a 19-and-a-half-length beating to Sanctuaire, who was thought to be the only two-miler capable of giving him a race.

Paul Nicholls has decided to pitch Sanctuaire against his old rival again after he returned to winning ways at Kempton over Christmas.

Last year's winner Somersby is due to have his first start since his former trainer Henrietta Knight retired. He is now in the care of Mick Channon, who is better known for his runners on the level.

Alan King's Kumbeshwar finished second in the Tingle Creek to Sprinter Sacre and is chasing more prize money while Philip Hobbs runs Wishfull Thinking.

The Venetia Williams-trained Idarah and Tony Carroll's Kinkeel complete the field.

Mad Moose and His Excellency were taken out.

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