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Sprinter Sacre Cheltenham 13.3.13

Sprinter Sacre has been imperious over two miles since going chasing

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Sprinter Sacre could
step up in trip at Aintree

A STEP up in trip and a possible clash at Aintree with Cue Card and Flemenstar has been mooted for Sprinter Sacre after his breeder Christophe Masle told trainer Nicky Henderson he was "mad" for restricting the superstar seven-year-old to two miles.

And Henderson feels his stable star, who is unbeaten in eight starts over fences and has never raced further than the 2m1f in the Game Spirit, could be even better over further. Having already achieved the second highest rating in the history of RPRs, that is a scary proposition for any potential rivals.

Henderson had initially been drawn towards running Sprinter Sacre in the Grade 1 Champion Chase at the Punchestown festival at the end of April but could change his plan and go to Aintree on April 5 instead.

"There is a possibility Sprinter Sacre could go to Aintree," said Henderson. "There is no two-mile race for him but he could go for the two-and-a-half-mile chase.

"He has come out of Cheltenham great and this is a slight change of tack but there are three races left for him, this Aintree race, [the [Champion Chase at] Punchestown and [the Celebration Chase at] Sandown at the end of the season.

"I'm not saying he is going to run at Aintree and we will see but the longer race was put in mind when talking with his breeder who said if you look at his dam's side it is three miles, three miles and three miles all down the line and we are mad running him at two."

The step up in trip could help Henderson solve his present conundrum of where to go and what to do with Simonsig, but it could bring with it another set of headaches, with the trainer responsible for two and a half milers Riverside Theatre and Finian's Rainbow, as well as three milers Bobs Worth and Long Run.

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