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Newbury appearance for Sprinter Sacre as part of rehabilitation from a heart condition

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 19:47 | Comments

Sprinter Sacre will walk around the parade ring before racing at Newbury
Sprinter Sacre will walk around the parade ring before racing at Newbury

Officials at Newbury are looking forward to welcoming Sprinter Sacre to the Berkshire track on Saturday as he continues his rehabilitation from a heart condition.

Last year's Queen Mother Champion Chase hero suffered his first defeat in 11 starts over fences when sensationally pulled up in December's Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton, where it quickly emerged he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

The problem quickly righted itself and subsequent gallop tests at home have pleased both trainer Nicky Henderson and Celia Marr, a specialist in equine internal medicine and cardiology.

The eight-year-old will circle the parade ring before racing alongside dual Hennessy Gold Cup and former Cheltenham Gold Cup king Denman and will be fitted with his regular heart monitor as he does so.

Denman will also be leading out the runners for the Betfair Denman Chase on the card.

Clerk of the course Richard Osgood said: "Nicky asked us if we would mind Sprinter Sacre having a walk around the parade ring before racing and we were only too happy to help.

"We always try to assist trainers as much as we can and everyone in racing just wishes that Sprinter Sacre makes a speedy and full recovery.

"Denman will also be parading and it's going to be a wonderful opportunity for racegoers to see two of the finest racehorses of the modern era."

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