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Nicky Henderson happy with Sprinter Sacre pre-Cheltenham Festival work

Jon Wilde in Wed. 15th March 3 Mar 2016
  • Sprinter Sacre on course for the 2016 Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • Find out the latest from his trainer Nicky Henderson
Sprinter Sacre (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Trainer Nicky Henderson plans to give Sprinter Sacre one more piece of serious work at home after deciding against taking him to Kempton Park for a racecourse gallop in preparation for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Sprinter Sacre, the brilliant winner of the two-mile chasing crown in 2013, has bounced back in superb style this season after spending two years in the wilderness due to physical problems.

Well out of sorts for the two campaigns after his Queen Mother Champion Chase triumph, the 10-year-old is unbeaten this term having won the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham and the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park respectively in November and December 2015.

The aim is now to regain his title when he takes on the exciting young pretender Un De Sceaux, reigning champion Dodging Bullets and fellow former winner Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham on Wednesday March 16.

Henderson said:
“Sprinter Sacre didn't need to go to Kempton as he is in great form. He really is in very good shape. He looks great and feels great. His work has been excellent. He just doesn't need to do any more. 
“He will work again this weekend. He will have one more bit of proper work at home and that will be him done. He will probably just have a school as well.”

The Seven Barrows handler has also issued an upbeat bulletin on the prospects of last year's Triumph Hurdle winner Peace And Co lining up in the Stan James Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, Tuesday March 15.

He said:
“Both Peace And Co and L'Ami Serge did a nice bit of work on the grass and Daryl Jacob came down to ride them both. 
“Peace And Co seemed in good form and was moving well, which I think is more relevant. It gives me more confidence with him and I am pleased with where we are.”

Unbeaten in his juvenile hurdling season after arriving from France, Peace And Co has twice been beaten when an odds-on favourite this term, beating only one of 10 rivals in the process.


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Nicky Henderson happy with Sprinter Sacre pre-Cheltenham Festival work

Trainer Nicky Henderson plans to give Sprinter Sacre one more piece of serious work at home after deciding against taking him to Kempton Park for a racecourse gallop in preparation for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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