25/1 Sanctuaire should be snapped up for The Racing Post Arkle

I  was most impressed with Sanctuaire’s chasing debut at Taunton today where he made the running for the first time in his career (more by accident than design perhaps).

He showed a great appetite for jumping fences compared with his mulish demeanour over hurdles (reluctant to start at times) and he wouldn’t be the first horse who’s been transformed by a change to steeplechasing.

His jumping was superb for a debutant, certainly no worse than that of Sprinter Sacre the Arkle favourite on his. Sprinter Sacre is 2/1 for the Arkle and Sanctuaire, the same age (6) and 1lb his superior over hurdles on official ratings, is 25/1.  Given that he has a champion trainer and the best jock riding. that is a silly price – twice as long as it should be imo.

The Racing Post Arkle is a hot race. Sprinter Sacre is a possible superstar, Cue Card is good value as the pace of the race will see him at his best imo, but 25/1 Sanctuaire is a rare error by bookmakers, I think, and he must be a great bet at that price especially as he will probably make the running and trade quite short.

Beware, I’ve just had a response on twitter suggesting that the trainer might prefer Aintree 😦

Good luck

Joe

About Steeplechasing

Writer, horse-racing fan, cyclist, consultant, entrepreneur. Worked at Aintree, SiS, The Tote, Ladbrokes. Created scoop6. Now run Gamtrain Ltd

Posted on January 31, 2012, in Big races, Cheltenham Festival 2012, General. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. ‘You couldn’t fail to be impressed by Sanctuaire’s chasing debut. Yes, he got his own way in front, but they couldn’t live with him and he hosed in. Sanctuaire will obviously get an entry in the Arkle and I have yet to speak at length to Jared, but please hold your bets on him for that race.

    He could well miss Cheltenham, and instead go to Sandown in March and then on to Aintree, where 2m and a flat track would really play to his strengths.’ – PN

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