Su­per Sprinter will star at Fes­ti­val pa­rade

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING -

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

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