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He bestrides the whole meeting, much its most feasible colossus. True, only the desperate or deranged will actually be tempted by the available odds, but nobody goes to a coronation to sell ermine. And the sort of show you get from Sprinter Sacre tends to be its own reward.

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The privileges of his position bring corresponding pressures to Ruby Walsh, who must juggle obligations and opportunities between the rival powerhouses of Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins. The stakes are especially high today, as he has had to choose between two horses converging upon a race that might volunteer a future Gold Cup winner. In the end he went with Unioniste, which would seem to guarantee improvement on a narrow preparatory success, but it could yet be Walsh is made to regret his desertion of Boston Bob (2.40) in the RSA Chase.

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The French import Fago won impressively on his first start in Britain but fell when challenging for victory on the second

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It is not hard to see why only five others should have had the temerity to line up against Sprinter Sacre in last year's race. Whether his stablemate Simonsig already deserves quite so much respect in the Racing Post Arkle Chase is another matter.

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Dwain Chambers has been included in Great Britain's team for the European Indoor Championships despite failing to impress on his return from a back problem.

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