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Sprinter Sacre peaking perfectly for Cheltenham

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016 10:24 | Comments

Sprinter Sacre last won the Cheltenham race in 2013
Sprinter Sacre last won the Cheltenham race in 2013

Nicky Henderson believes Sprinter Sacre is peaking at the right time ahead of his bid to regain the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next month.

It is three years since the 10-year-old produced a truly awesome display in steeplechasing's two-mile showpiece and while he has hit a few bumps in the road since, a couple of resurgent performances already this season have suggested a good portion of his brilliance remains intact.

Having rolled back the years with in stunning fashion in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November, Sprinter Sacre knuckled down to beat another former champion in Sire De Grugy in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton and Henderson believes his pride and joy is ready to raise his game again at Prestbury Park in a little over three weeks' time.

"Sprinter Sacre is in great form and I'm really happy with where he is," said the Seven Barrows handler.

"He's fresh and well, he's feisty and he's tanking along at the moment."

Henderson is undecided on whether to give Sprinter Sacre a racecourse gallop at Kempton next week ahead of his Festival return.

He said: "His gallop on Saturday was good. I've not decided whether to take him to Kempton or not, as I'm not sure if he needs to go there.

"He's a sharper horse than when he won at Cheltenham the first time (in November) and a better horse than when he won at Kempton.

"He's in really good form. You can never be confident, but I'd be hopeful.

"His confidence is so much higher and we are going there on our terms and his terms this year."

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