The Arkle features at Cheltenham today and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are set for a bumper payout after announcing they will refund all losing bets if the Nicky Henderson trained Sprinter Sacre horse triumphs in the Arkle at 14:05.
Currently trading at around evens, the Cheltenham fraternity have been quick to lump on this sprinter after the horse easily coasted to victory at Newbury last month in the Game Spirit Chase and will be going for his fourth triumph over fences in a row at Prestbury Park today.
All the retoric coming out of the camp is that Sprinter Sacre is a nailed on banker, and Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty wil be hoping for great things.
The six-year-old was an easy scorer on his debut at Doncaster in December before destroying rival Peddlers Cross at Kempton.
Of course, Paul Nicholls will be hoping for other things as his horse Al Ferof looks to have all the firepower to test Sprinter Sacre today.
The grey has already beaten Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham, pushing Nicky Henderson’s horse into third place in last year’s Supreme Novices Hurdle and many will be hoping a similar outvome will ensue at Prestbury Park today.
A third at the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot and winning his first two chase starts has seen the horse backed in to 10/3 and there are plenty of punters who will be hoping Nicholls can once again cause a Cheltenham upset.
Cue Card is another who could pose problems and Joe Tizzard will have his work cut out at odds of 7/1 to take the Arkle.
It should be a facisinating race for all those at the Festival ,and with Paddy power offering refunds if Sprinter Sacre wins the Arkle, it could be a day for this popular Irish bookie to forget.