Sprinter Sacre not yet ready for Champion Chase appearance


Owner Raymond Mould insists unbeaten novice Sprinter Sacre won’t be supplemented for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old is a short-priced favourite for the Racing Post Arkle Chase after stretching his 100% record over fences to three with a superb performance at Newbury on Friday.

“It’s hopefully the Arkle this year and then go on to the Champion Chase next year,” Mould told At The Races.

“I’d rule the Champion Chase out this year and Mr Henderson has never mentioned it. He’s got Finian’s Rainbow in it anyway. We’ll stick to the natural progression.

“If we’re lucky enough to win the Arkle then we’ll hopefully go for the Champion Chase and there’s no reason in my opinion this horse won’t get further.

“I have thought about the King George for him in the future at some stage, but we’ll take it one step at a time. We’re not going to rush him – he’s not very old.”

Mould also revealed Sprinter Sacre had a wind operation after fading into third place behind Al Ferof in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at last year’s Festival.

“The horse had a wind problem at Cheltenham last year that’s why he didn’t get up the hill and he’s much bigger and stronger now,” he added.

“He had a bit of a wind problem which has been rectified.”