Without a win since April 2013, the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham presented itself as the perfect opportunity for Sprinter Sacre to return to the winner’s enclosure.
The day could have been dominated by the story of Faugheen ‘the Machine’ being shocked in the Morgiana Hurdle, with the 1/6 shot finding stablemate Nichols Canyon too good, but the return to form of the ‘Black Aeroplane’ was the real taking point.
Backed into 13/8 favouritism, all the vibes were there that the 2013 Champion Chaser was back to something like his best at home.
He didn’t disappoint, storming up the Cheltenham hill, to take victory by 14 lengths.
This will make you smile – SPRINTER SACRE gets back into the winning groove at Cheltenham: https://t.co/tStl9r2a5M
— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) November 15, 2015
It’s safe to say that his performance at Prestbury Park drew plenty of plaudits on social media.
The way sprinter sacre dealt with that ……. What a blistering performance — VK7 (@_V_K_7_) November 15, 2015
Wow Sprinter Sacre just wow… Hasn’t sunk in yet., could he really be back
— Finlay Taylor (@FinlayTaylor) November 15, 2015
The manner of his victory was too much for some to take, with emotions running high by all accounts.
Honestly just absolutely delighted to see Sprinter Sacre back I’m not joking when I say I was full on crying in front of everyone — Annie (@ifandbutwhynot) November 15, 2015
bawling over sprinter sacre, such an incredible horse ❤️
— mardy bum (@_stello) November 15, 2015
Immediate thoughts turned to the future with a clash with this year’s Arkle winner at the Festival in March a potential cracker.
But whether he has what it takes to defeat Willie Mullins’ upstart was a hotly debated topic. Some were keen to suggest the now-4/1 shot was the one to be on in the Champion Chase.
Sprinter Sacre is a must for The Festival. Absolutely fantastic today and back to his best.
— Adam Bevan (@ARBevan72) November 15, 2015
While others were apprehensive about what he had beat, and were clearly not taken with the suggestion that he would reclaim his title in four months’ time.
Whether or not he claims the big one back at Cheltenham in 2016, is irrelevant at the moment though.
For racing fans, the sight of one of the best about reminding us why he was so good is what really mattered on Sunday.
I’ve seen some memorable sights at Cheltenham over the last 5 years but Sprinter Sacre pulling clear on the bridle yesterday was special.
— KTP (@kevthepunter) November 16, 2015
So very proud of Sprinter Sacre today, seeing him back in his glorious pomp was a sight to behold, beautiful, bold and brave.
— Scott (@ScottGBR) November 15, 2015
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