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Geraghty: Punchestown next for Sprinter Sacre

Updated: Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 11:19 | Comments

Barry Geraghty crosses the line on Sprinter Sacre
Barry Geraghty crosses the line on Sprinter Sacre


Sprinter Sacre is very likely to be next seen at the Punchestown Festival, according to jockey Barry Geraghty.

The Nicky Henderson-trained gelding won the Queen Mother Champion Chase in spectacular fashion yesterday, strolling to a 19-length victory that had commentators reaching for the superlatives.

Only champion Sizing Europe was able to live with the brilliant seven-year-old, the Henry De Bromhead-trained former winner eventually finishing a punch-drunk second.

Geraghty, former jockey of the brilliant two-time winner Moscow Flyer, was as impressed as anyone.

Speaking to Darren Frehill on Morning Ireland, he said: “Sprinter Sacre just does things with such ease. I’ve never ridden a horse that travels as easily through a race. You’re talking about a top class two-mile chase and I feel like I’m in third gear the whole way through.

“When I want him to go he accelerates with ease. He’s like a fast car, everything around him happens so slowly because he finds it so easy."

With no races in England for the seven-year-old superstar, the Boylesports.com Champion Chase on 24 April at Punchestown is the most likely target.

Henderson, a fan of the Punchestown Festival, mentioned the race as a possible target immediately after yesterday's tour de force.

Geraghty added this morning: "There’s a very good chance that Sprinter Sacre will go to Punchestown. There is no two-mile chase for him at Aintree so Punchestown would be the obvious race if he was to have another run and I’d say he probably will."

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