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Sprinter Sacre is 'flying' ahead of Kempton run, says Barry Geraghty

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 10:24 | Comments

Sprinter Sacre is back to his best according to Barry Geraghty
Sprinter Sacre is back to his best according to Barry Geraghty

Jockey Barry Geraghty reports Sprinter Sacre to be "flying" at home as he gears up for his seasonal return at Kempton on Friday.

The seven-year-old was due to contest the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown earlier this month but trainer Nicky Henderson opted to skip that Grade One date as his charge was not quite right.

Sprinter Sacre is now set to return in the Grade Two williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase as he seeks his to extend his 10-race unbeaten record over fences.

"It was a frustration for everyone that he was just a bit off colour and missed the Tingle Creek but it's impossible to take any chances with a horse of his standing," Geraghty told his At The Races blog.

"The main thing is that he's spot on now and although I hardly ever ride him at home - that's Nico De Boinville's privilege - I can assure you that he's flying because I worked up behind him recently and all I saw was him disappearing into the distance.

"It is always worth repeating that I know how lucky I have been to ride a horse of his stature because he is, without doubt, a once in a lifetime horse.

"As for the ground being soft or worse, I can't see that as an issue because it was heavy when he won the Victor Chandler at Cheltenham in January.

"All tracks come alike to him - he won at Kempton in his novice chase days - and when you ride a horse with his profile you just hope everything goes well.

"You have to be aware of every eventuality and despite his star quality I never take anything for granted.

"But I do look forward to him because I really enjoy the experience and realise how lucky I am to be with him."

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