Sprinter Sacre 11-8 To Resume Winning Ways At Ascot
The Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday 17th January is likely to prove the defining moment regarding the future career of the exceptional two-mile chaser Sprinter Sacre as the son of Network will be having his first race since being pulled-up with a heart problem at Kempton last December when tackling the 2m 1f contest won earlier this year by current Champion Chaser Sire De Grugy.
nstalled the 11-8 favourite with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, a price which could turn out to be a late christmas present should the horse who turns nine tomorrow return to his imperious best at the Berkshire track, a prospect which joint owner Raymond Mould is more than hopeful of after the gelding’s successful schooling session before racing at Newbury on Monday, saying; “It was just magic watching him out there again. He was back to his best and everything went well.
” He bounced around the paddock and showed such exuberance out on the track. Both Caroline ( wife and joint owner ) and I had the most enormous adrenaline rush just watching him – we felt exhausted afterwards. It’s been a long haul. Celia Marr ( equine heart specialist ) says when you’ve had an experience like Sprinter Sacre did at Kempton you have to coax them back to work without pain. It can go through a horse’s mind that, ‘ This is going to hurt ‘. Hopefully all’s well. Nicky plans to give him three more pieces of work before Ascot.”
According to Paddy Power the Paul Nicholls-trained Dodging Bullets is likely to pose the biggest stumbling block to a successful return for ‘ Sprinter ‘ although the 3-1 chance is unlikely to have the services of Sam Twiston-Davies who is expected to partner Champion Hurdle second favourite The New One at Haydock on the same day.