Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Comeback King to Dodge Bullet?

William Hill report that Sprinter Sacre is weak in the market for the Sodexo Clarence House Chase but would be odds-on favourite if he is declared as a runner.

Nicky Henderson’s horse, the highest rated in training, started drifting for the race on Tuesday morning as Dodging Bullets came in for money.

 “Sprinter Sacre was odds-on in our initial market created a fortnight ago, but rain softening the ground casts doubt over his participation and punters have backed Dodging Bullets with the opinion that Nicky Henderson’s superstar might not run,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “As a result, Sprinter Sacre has been on the drift and Dodging Bullets has significantly shortened. However, if Sprinter Sacre was declared for the race, he would be odds-on and if he hadn’t been through his medical issues, then he would be around 1-5.”

On Monday William Hill trimmed Sprinter Sacre to 2-1 favourite from 9-4 favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a market that could change completely by Saturday night.

“Sprinter Sacre has fans who can’t wait to back him, but with his potential reappearance at the weekend and rivals Champagne Fever and Don Cossack facing-off in Ireland before then, the Queen Mother market could be completely different by Saturday night.”


Sodexo Clarence House Chase: 4-5 Sprinter Sacre, 5-2 Dodging Bullets, 9-2 Somersby, 8-1 Twinlight, 16-1 French Opera, Sizing Europe, 20-1 William’s Wishes, 33-1 Ted Veale, 40-1 Grey Gold, 100-1 Le Bacardy (EW 1/5 odds 1,2,3)


Sodexo Clarence House Chase: 11-8 Sprinter Sacre, 6-4 Dodging Bullets, 9-2 Somersby, 5-1 Twinlight, 25-1 French Opera, Grey Gold, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Queen Mother Champion Chase: 2-1 Sprinter Sacre, 9-2 Sire De Grugy, 9-1 Al Ferof, 10-1 Champagne Fever, 12-1 Dodging Bullets, 16-1 Don Cossack, Uxizandre, 20-1 Balder Succes, 25-1 Hidden Cyclone, Simply Ned, Special Tiara, Twinlight, 33-1 Ballycasey, Bright New Dawn, Captain Conan, Clarcam, Eduard, Johns Spirit, Moscow Mannon, Mr Mole, Somersby, 40-1 Hinterland, 50-1 Finian’s Rainbow, Savello, Sizing Europe, 66-1 Alderwood, Baily Green, Croco Bay, Module, Turban, Upsilon Bleu, 100-1 Claret Cloak, Next Sensation, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)