Sprinter Sacre: run hangs on the results of tests conducted on ThursdayPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Henderson to make early Sprinter Sacre decision
NICKY HENDERSON has arranged to fast track the analysis of the tracheal wash sample that will be taken from Sprinter Sacre on Thursday morning to ensure he has all the information in front of him when he decides whether to give jump racing's number-one draw the green light to make his first start of the campaign at Sandown on Saturday.
Half-an-hour before Thursday's 10am 48-hour declaration deadline Henderson expects to have received the result from the laboratory on which the champion chaser's participation in the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase hangs.
He said: "The morning has been planned around it and we are just moving times so that the laboratory is ready. When the horse has done his work, the sample will be sent straight to the laboratory and they are hopeful we will have a result by 9.30am."
Henderson would have preferred to wait another 24 hours but was not prepared to declare the horse and then pull him out in the event of a subsequent test proving unsatisfactory.
"I would love to wait but it's not fair," he added. "People want to know if he is going to run. My colleagues would say I am not playing the game and it's not what you do."