Sacre slays Maghull three
Sprinter Sacre (1-7 fav) made mincemeat of his three rivals in the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree.
Nicky Henderson's star won the Arkle in fine fashion last month and jumped well in the main here, having avoided Australia Day at the first fence as that rival jumped markedly out to his right.
Main rival Toubab (10-1) gave chase turning for home but made a bad mistake of the second-last fence and Paul Nicholls' grey could never get closer than four lengths of the winner at any time.
Barry Geraghty, riding the Caroline Mould-owned gelding, could afford to take things easy near the winning line but the distance was still 13 lengths.
Australia Day cut out the early running but nearly ran out after the first fence and he jumped right-handed throughout, whilst Kudu Country finished a distant third under James Reveley.
Geraghty said: "He's got some scope, it's unbelievable. "It's just the style he does it in. The way he jumped down the back from fence to fence - I don't think I've ever ridden a horse that jumps and travels the way he does.
"Time will tell, hopefully he can be the best (I've ridden)."
Henderson said: "Anything but perfection is going to be disappointing from him.
"He is spectacular and a joy to watch - when it's over. It's been fun up to now, but now it's frightening, you come expecting to see what thankfully we have seen again.
"He's growing up all the time and he can only get stronger. He's getting very sensible, his scope and swagger is quite extraordinary.
"He has this aura about him.
"We've always said he knows he's very, very good looking, but just because they are beautiful it doesn't always make them the best, but with him it does - everything fits, he has the athleticism and attitude.
"There doesn't seem to be any flaws in him."
William Hill left Sprinter Sacre unchanged as the even-money favourite for next year's Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Henderson also trains current Champion Chase hero Finian's Rainbow and he expects the two to end up locking horns.
He said: "We've got a whole summer to think about things, but he (Sprinter Sacre) is an out-and-out two miler and I can't see him getting any further.
"Finian's Rainbow has the scope to go further but if he sticks at two, they're going to have to meet at some point, maybe even before Cheltenham."