Paddy Power to refund Arkle losers if Sprinter Sacre wins

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Tagged under: 2.05 Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase 2m

Paddy Power is taking a gamble on Sprinter Sacre getting beat in the Arkle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival by promising to refund losing bets if the six-year-old wins the race.

Ireland’s biggest bookie could be on a hiding to nothing by taking on the red hot Arkle favourite. Nicky Henderson’s star novice chaser will be one of the best backed horses on the first day at Cheltenham and almost certainly a loser for bookmakers. Paddy Power is top industry price at 5/4 Sprinter Sacre and refunding losing stakes on the all the runners will only compound the damage if the Arkle favourite is successful.

Jockey Barry Geraghty will be back aboard the horse he described as the best he has ever ridden, high praise indeed since the list includes Moscow Flyer, Big Zeb and Kicking King. Sprinter Sacre is unbeaten in three starts this season and appears to have everything required in a top chaser. Bold, clever jumping and a high cruising speed are some of the gelding’s strongest attributes.

Arkle second favourite Peddlers Cross has already been shown a clean pair of heels by Sprinter Sacre at Kempton over Christmas and Henderson’s charge was even more impressive when winning at Newbury last time. Perhaps there is one chink in the armour and Paddy Power will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s Supreme Novices Hurdle. Sprinter Sacre looked all over the winner of the first race of the 2011 Festival meeting, but faded up the Cheltenham hill to finish third behind Al Ferof who opposes again in the Arkle.

Paddy Power is famous for its Money Back Specials and it has become tradition for the Irish bookie to take on a well fancied horse with a similar offer on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. The offer is unlikely to make a profit for Paddy Power but it certainly introduces some fun for punters at the start of an intense four days of action.

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