Sprinter Sacre Ends His Two and a Half Year Winning Drought
November 18 - Sprinter Sacre won the Shloer Chase earlier this month to secure his first win since April 2013. The nine-year old champion beat bookies favourite Faugheen by 14 lengths to secure his first victory in 30 months.
The horse failed to start any races last year as he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat after pulling up halfway around the two mile Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton in the last week of 2013. Before that incident he was unbeaten in his previous 10 races, including victories at the Aintree, Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals. He was always a favourite with the crowds, so his win at the Shloer Chase was a welcome surprise for the spectators at the race.
Sprinter Sacre has been building up his strength slowly since his first race back in January of this year. The horse managed to come second at Ascot, being narrowly beat by Dodging Bullets. His next race came in March at Cheltenham where he unfortunately pulled up once again, but it's thought that it wasn't to do with his previous heart condition. He then secured a second place finish once again at Sandown in April after being ridden by Nico de Boinville for the first time. The horse was then rested until November when Nico de Boinville managed to achieve one better and secure the win.
Now Sprinter Sacre has won again it will be sure to add a little bit of uncertainty to the betting market. His trainers are yet to announce when he will ride again, but when he does he will certainly once again be considered as a horse that will perform well. As there is so much uncertainty about his future, you can check for daily horse racing tips here to find out when he'll be racing again. The Bookies website is updated around the clock with the latest news and will also be able to find you the best odds for Sprinter Sacre once it's announced that he'll race again.
The next race the horse is likely to compete in is the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in December, but that might be too soon for a horse of his age who has had so many health problems. His trainer Nicky Henderson says he would like to enter the horse into the race, but won't decide either way until a later date. He told his local paper the Western Morning News that his main focus was to try and get Sprinter Sacre fit enough to regain his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown in May.
Whatever his next race might be, a lot of racing fans will be willing him on to improve his already legendary record of 15 wins in 21 races. Unless he's pulled up, the horse has never finished lower than third and has a win record of over 71%. A record that many trainers will admire as well as be hugely envious of.
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