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Cheltenham Racing - 27. February 2019.

Sprinter Sacre returns to The Festival to parade on Ladies Day

One of the all-time greats Sprinter Sacre will parade at Cheltenham next month on day two of The Festival™ presented by Magners, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13.
 




Sprinter Sacre will appear at 12.45pm ahead of the racing which features the G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30pm), a race he won by 19 lengths in 2013 during a 10-race unbeaten streak and again memorably in 2016 after overcoming a series of setbacks.
 
Described by his trainer Nicky Henderson as "the horse of an absolute lifetime," Sprinter Sacre won on 18 of his 24 career starts, earning over £1.1 million in prize money. His Timeform rating of 192p is bettered only by Arkle and Flyingbolt.
 
The retirement of Sprinter Sacre was announced by Henderson at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday, November 13, 2016 during The November Meeting and he now resides in the Cotswolds with Vicky Roberts.
 
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.
 
"I will be accompanying Sprinter Sacre to Cheltenham next month. 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 is."
 
Sprinter Sacre previously paraded at Cheltenham Racecourse when his retirement was announced in November, 2016 and also on Ladies Day at The Festival in 2017.
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