By Sean Goff | Sports Reporter
Expect a shake-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting after Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs go head-to-head for the John Durkan Memorial Chase (2pm) at Punchestown today.
Ther emay have to be a 30-second delay on the TV pictures if Peter Casey’s stable star comes out in top after his interview with Tracy Piggott when Flemstar won him a first Grade One at Leopardstown last January went viral.
Something’s got to give while last year’s winner Rubi Light – who loves the heavy ground trading at 15/2 with Tony Martin’s Bog Warrior now a non-runner.
Meanwhile, Sprinter Sacre (4/11f) hardened in the betting for the Champion Chase at the Festival after destroying the field in yesterday’s Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.
Nicky Henderson’s chaser cost Paddy £5m when winning the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham last year and is rumoured to be given an official rating of 179 similar to Moscow Flyer in his pomp leaving him just 7lbs behind the great Master Minded in his heyday.
Henderson recorded a four-timer yesterday at Sandown with Golden Hoof (1/1f), Captain Conan (4/7f) who was cut to 7/1 behind stable companion Simonsig for the Arkle Chase next March and Petit Robin (11/1) .
The Seven Barrows trainer reports that James Nesbitt’s Riverside Theatre – who has won on his seasonal debut for the past three season – will go straight for the King George VI Chase on December 26th. Henderson also has last year’s runner-up and ante-post favourite Long Run and possibly Finian’s Rainbow in the Kempton feature.