Sprinter Sacre poses for the cameras at Nicky Henderson's on SundayPICTURE: Fiona M G Crick
Sprinter given Shloer
option by Henderson
RACING fans could be in for a treat at Cheltenham's Open Meeting in November with Nicky Henderson revealing on Sunday that Sprinter Sacre is a possible runner in the Shloer Chase.
While the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase in December remains high on the agenda for Sprinter Sacre - who is unbeaten over fences - the seven-year-old is under consideration for Cheltenham on November 17 after what was described on Sunday as "his best ever summer".
Sprinter Sacre was a late withdrawal from the Shloer Chase, a 2m conditions contest, last season due to the soft ground but dominated in the races he did contest with victories in the Tingle Creek, Victor Chandler Chase, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Boylesports.com Champion Chase and the Melling Chase.
Sprinter Sacre ended the season as the highest-rated chaser in training with an official handicap mark of 188 and he is as short as 1-5 to retain his Champion Chase crown at the Cheltenham Festival next year. He is a general 1-2 chance.
"He'll most likely start off again in the Tingle Creek, though the race at Cheltenham may be an option if he's ready in time," Henderson said at his owners' open day.
Henderson confirmed earlier this month that Sprinter Sacre will remain over two miles this season despite his comfortable victory in the Melling Chase over 2m4f in April.
The trainer added on Sunday: "While he stayed two and a half at Aintree, I don't think we need to try him over three because it's blatantly unnecessary."
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