Paddy Power bookmakers have an incredible 2012 Cheltenham Festival offer on the table for the 2012 Arkle Chases. If Sprinter Sacre wins, they’ll refund your losing stake if you’ve backed another horse! Does that mean they’re hoping he doesn’t win??

He still has a lot to do as he looks set to contest nine other opponents on opening day, Tuesday 13th March 2012. Initially it was thought that he face off against Donald McCain’s Peddlers Cross but the trainer made the announcement that he’s opting for the Jewson instead.

Bog Warrior has been confirmed as staying in Ireland for a Grade 3 at Naas on Sunday which essentially leaves Al Ferof to head the challengers to the Nicky Henderson-trained ante-post favourite.

Cue Card and Menorah are the most likely of the rest of the field to give Sprinter a run for his money. But it looks like the Paul Nicholls trained Al Ferof is the biggest competition with Ruby Walsh confirmed as the jockey.