Thursday 21 September 2017

Cheltenham legend Sprinter Sacre retired with 'deep regret'

David Smith

Sprinter Sacre has been retired after sustaining a minor tendon strain earlier this week..

Nicky Henderson announced the news on Twitter with "deep regret," writing:

"It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad news that Sprinter Sacre has been retired. He was the horse of an absolute lifetime."

The 10 year old chaser has had heart problems in the past, but returned to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second time at Cheltenham last year.

The horse, regarded as one of the great two milers of all time, won 18 of his 24 starts and made £1,136,000 in prize-money.

The victory in the Celebration Chase at Sandown in April proved to be Sprinter Sacre's last race.

“We’re going to miss him," Henderson added in his press conference at Cheltenham today.

"It has been a great journey and he’s been a big part of our lives.

“It’s been a pretty emotional time over the past five or six years and we’ve loved every moment of it, but all good things have to come to an end.”

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