Super Sprinter will star at Festival parade
DUAL Cheltenham Festival winner and all-time great chaser Sprinter Sacre is spending his retirement in the Cotswolds.
The 13-year-old veteran, who triumphed in the 2013 and 2016 renewals of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, is based with Vicky Roberts.
The chasing legend boasts a Timeform rating (192p), which has only been bettered by Arkle and Flyingbolt.
It was announced on Tuesday he will be paraded before The Festival race he won twice, after overcoming a series of setbacks.
Racegoers will be able to see him ahead of the Betway sponsored feature contest on Ladies Day, March 13.
Roberts said: “Sprinter Sacre is 13-years-old now and in great form.
“A typical day for him is to be fed first thing, mucked out and then ridden. He then gets turned out for the rest of the day. When he comes back in, he has a change of rugs and then it is bedtime.
“The horse is learning to adjust to a different way of life, without the regimental regime of being in training. He will do other things in the future. At the moment, his body is able to do other things, but he is still very hot-headed.”
Until recently, few updates have been issued since his retirement at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting in 2016.
His trainer Nicky Henderson called him ‘the horse of an absolute lifetime’, as he won on 18 of his 24 career starts and earned more than £1.1million in prize money.
“I have been in racing all my life - I rode as a conditional and also trained so taking a horse to the races is pretty much the norm for me.
“However, Sprinter Sacre is a such a legend and The Festival is getting very close.
“Not many people would have a horse like Sprinter Sacre to parade and I know it will be all eyes on him at 12.45pm, so I do get a few butterflies in the stomach when I think about it.
“He is one of 14 horses I have here. I also look after horses for other racehorse trainers that are on box rest and recovering from knocks or wind operations.
“Sprinter looks really well and it will be great for him to see his fans at The Festival - he really knows how special he
Sprinter Sacre on his ‘retirement day’ at Kempton in 2016