Last year National Hunt fans were wowed as the mighty Sprinter Sacre demolished the opposition and won the Queen Mother Champion Chase by 19 lengths.

This year he’ll be missing the race, having been ruled out by trainer Nicky Henderson, who said he was “not showing the same brilliance as last season”.

Today’s (Wednesday 12 March) favourite is Sire De Grugy, trained by Gary Moore.

H&H looks back over some of the past stars — including Master Minded, One Man and Crisp.

Don’t miss the Champion Chase, live on Channel 4 at 3.20pm today (Wednesday 12 March).

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