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Monday 20 November 2017

Hughes goes on hunt' with Vic

VIC VENTURI is to continue his build-up to Aintree with a run in a hunter chase at Leopardstown later this month following his victory in a point-to-point on Sunday.

Trainer Dessie Hughes is giving the 12-year-old the option of either the Fox Hunters' Chase or the John Smith's Grand National over the legendary fences.

Vic Venturi has failed to complete on the last two runnings of the world's greatest steeplechase, although he did win the Becher Chase over the fearsome obstacles in November 2009.

"We're just going to give him a little bit of a chance and we have the options then at Aintree with the Fox Hunters or run him back in the National," said the Co Kildare-based handler.

"He'll run in the hunters chase in Leopardstown now at the end of the month.

"He made all and won easy enough and it gives us a second option."

Nicky Henderson has raised the exciting prospect of Sprinter Sacre running in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury next month.

Having beaten previous ante-post Arkle favourite Peddlers Cross without coming off the bridle at Kempton, he is one of the leading lights for the Cheltenham Festival.

Henderson said: "It has actually crossed our minds that we could switch Sprinter Sacre from Warwick to the Game Spirit.

"Experience is what he needs."

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