Sprinter Sacre: Henderson issues positive bulletin

Sprinter Sacre is reported to be well by trainer Nicky Henderson
Sprinter Sacre is reported to be well by trainer Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson is steadily stepping Sprinter Sacre back up in work following the brilliant chaser's heart scare last month.

"Sprinter Sacre's great, Nico's (De Boinville, his regular work-rider) happy with him, but he's not doing anything quick at the moment. We're just building him up,"

National Hunt racing's brightest star suffered his first defeat over fences when pulled up sharply by Barry Geraghty in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on December 27, after which he was found to be suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

After being examined by Celia Marr, a specialist in equine internal medicine and cardiology at Newmarket, Sprinter Sacre's heart "righted itself" and he was monitored closely as he did his first canter since at Seven Barrows on January 3.

Henderson reports last season's superb Queen Mother Champion Chase winner to be looking "magnificent".

"Sprinter Sacre's great, Nico's (De Boinville, his regular work-rider) happy with him, but he's not doing anything quick at the moment. We're just building him up," said the champion jumps trainer.

"There's nothing new except he looks magnificent, is moving well and is feeding well. We'll just leave it at that for the time being.There's no great big tests or gallops or anything coming up in the foreseeable future but there will be nearer the time."

Henderson also revealed plans for his Champion Hurdle entries, released yesterday.

My Tent Or Yours is to have a prep run for the Stan Champion Hurdle at either Wincanton or Sandown.

Trainer Nicky Henderson is keen to give the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdle winner another outing ahead of Cheltenham in March, in either the Betfred "Double Delight" Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on February 1 or the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton two weeks later.

"My Tent is very fresh and will need a run. You'd probably look at Wincanton, although it depends on the ground and there's Sandown as well," said Henderson.

The Seven Barrows trainer has also entered Grandouet and Rolling Star among the 18 entries as he looks for a record sixth Champion triumph on March 11.

"Rolling Star will come back here next week for the Betfair Hurdle, and we put Grandouet in there but the Arkle is his target. He'll probably run at Doncaster on Saturday week," he said.



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