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Barry Geraghty riding Sprinter Sacre

Sprinter Sacre: was pulled up on his seasonal reappearance at Kempton

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Sprinter Sacre's heart rate 'perfectly normal'

SPRINTER SACRE'S heart rate was reported as "perfectly normal" by vet Celia Marr, who was in attendance at Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows yard on Friday morning to observe the star chaser.

Marr, a specialist in equine internal medicine, said: "I'm very pleased, these are the results I would have wanted to have seen when coming here this morning."

The results of the eight-year-old's canter will have been extremely heartening for connections of Sprinter Sacre, who can still entertain hopes of him defending his BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase crown at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Describing how the crucial canter was tracked, Marr added: "He had nine pads under his girth which monitored his work for two hours; before, during and after exercise."

The pads attached to Sprinter Sacre transmitted an electronic signal back to a monitor in a Land Rover which followed Sprinter Sacre on the gallops.

Owner Caroline Mould was also in attendance with her husband Raymond, who said simply: "So far, so good."

Sprinter Sacre heads the market for the Champion Chase at a best-priced 10-11.

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