Sprinter heads select entry for Victor Chandler Chase
Last Updated: 02/01/13 1:35pm
Sprinter Sacre: Ascot-bound for next appearance
Sprinter Sacre is the stand-out name among just 13 entries for the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on January 19.
The presence of Nicky Henderson's superstar appears to have scared off plenty of rivals, hardly surprising given the way he strolled to victory on his seasonal return in the Tingle Creek Chase.
Sizing Europe has not been entered by Henry De Bromhead, but his stablemate Days Hotel has been given the option. A smart novice, he returned from a lengthy absence to win the Hilly Way Chase on his return.
Another smart Irish entry is Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light, who gave Sizing Europe a fright over Christmas.
Last year's winner Somersby could have his first start for Mick Channon while last week's Kempton winner Sanctuaire has also been given an entry, despite trainer Paul Nicholls stating that he would prefer to wait until the Cheltenham Festival before locking horns again with Sprinter Sacre.
William's Wishes, Wishfull Thinking, Dan Breen and Kumbeshwar are also in the mix.