Last Updated: 23/01/13 2:58pm
Sprinter Sacre: Ready for weekend appointment
Our gallops reporter visits Nicky Henderson's yard to get the latest on the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Grandouet.
BOBS WORTH has done everything right since his decisive Hennessy Gold Cup triumph and worked well on both the grass and all-weather facilities at Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows base.
As his trainer has indicated more than once, the Gold Cup favourite is a straightforward horse that just likes to get on with things and offers his connections few complications.
He also has an economical jumping style and in his current mood, he will be very hard to beat in his Festival trial in this weekend's Argento Chase.
Nico De Boinville rides SPRINTER SACRE in the majority of his work and the so-called 'Black Aeroplane' casts a menacing shadow against the contrasting snowy background that Henderson's part of the Downs offers.
Henderson and his owners are delighted the unbeaten chaser gets the chance to run his Champion Chase trial in the rescheduled Victor Chandler Chase, whether it takes place on Saturday or is part of a revised Sunday meeting at Prestbury Park.
Henderson has a potentially smart juvenile hurdler in ROLLING STAR, who also worked well on his latest visit to the main all-weather strip and is entered at Cheltenham on Saturday.
WHISPER is another novice who can step up in grade, having done well since landing the odds on his jumps debut at Ffos Las.
He is ready to run in the next few days, although much will depend on the weather.
Former Champion Hurdle winner BINOCULAR is as fresh as paint for his belated return to action and the venue for that is being totally governed by the weather.
Stablemate GRANDOUET is targeting the Champion Hurdle Trial that has been switched from Haydock to Doncaster.
He is thought to have come on for his defeat by Zarkandar at Cheltenham and that has been evident in the way he's worked.
He should be a lot sharper should Town Moor survive the freeze.