Sprinter Sacre Could Make Surprise Grand National Festival Appearance
Equine superstar Sprinter Sacre could make a surprise appearance at the Grand National at Aintree Festival as trainer Nicky Henderson looks to step the 2013 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner up in distance.
Henderson originally stated that Sprinter Sacre would take part in the Punchestown Festival but said the possibility of the great gelding taking part in the Melling Chase over two miles and four furlongs had been discussed.
“We have given this quite a lot of consideration over the last few days as to where we go from here,” Henderson told At the Races.
“Aintree is that week quicker this year than it was last year but consequently we have sort of not ruled out going to Aintree.”
Henderson believes that the once in a generation equine talent could be suited to longer distances as it will give him more of an opportunity to unleash his natural talent.
“We might try him over two and a half [miles] which would open up a few extra avenues for next year,” Henderson said.
“He has got this hugely high cruising speed and the faster he goes the better he probably jumps.
“When you are holding him up behind horses you are just containing his enthusiasm and his natural talent which is to go and bowl and jump and attack.”
Sprinter Sacre has had just three runs this season, scoring in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase, Victor Chandler Chase and Queen Mother Champion Chase, which has Henderson thinking he could have two more runs this campaign.
“He hasn’t had too many hard races so therefore we would like to appear again,” the leading trainer said.
“He looks great and his coat was fantastic going into Cheltenham.”
Sprinter Sacre has already been installed as a short priced favourite for the 2014 Queen Mother Champion Chase in the betting market at Bet365.
Whichever races Sprinter Sacre contests in the future you can find the best odds at Bet365.