Last year’s Arkle hero Sprinter Sacre remains unbeaten in seven starts over fences having barely come off the bridle in winning the Tingle Creek and Victor Chandler Chases so far this season.
Nicky Henderson’s incredible seven-year-old will be long odds-on to notch another Grade One triumph tomorrow, but the presence of former champion Sizing Europe does at least add some spice to the race.
Winner of the Arkle in 2010, the Queen Mother in 2011 and narrowly denied by Finian’s Rainbow 12 months ago, Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Europe is now an 11-year-old, but has appeared as good as ever in winning each of his four starts this term.
Connections deliberated over whether to let the veteran run over the longer distance of Thursday’s Ryanair Chase, but have decided to give him the chance to regain his crown.
Mail De Bievre is a fascinating contender for Tom George after he was supplemented for the race last week having run over three miles in the Aon Chase on his British debut.
Wishfull Thinking runs for Philip Hobbs, while the Paul Nicholls-trained Sanctuaire lines up having been put in his place by Sprinter Sacre twice already this season. The field is completed by Mick Channon’s Somersby and Tataniano, formerly trained by Nicholls but now making his debut for Richard Rowe.