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Sprinter Sacre Strolls to Victory in Tingle Creek
08/12/12

1 Sprinter Sacre 4/11F
2 Kumbeshwar 25/1
3 Sanctuaire 11/4
7 ran Distances: 15l, 4½l, 11l
TIME 3m 59.30s (slow by 13.30s)

Sprinter Sacre ambled to a facile success in the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase, the highlight of a four-timer for trainer Nicky Henderson at Sandown.

Sprinter Sacre
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Sprinter Sacre

On a memorable afternoon for the Seven Barrows handler, he also teamed up with stable jockey Barry Geraghty to claim the Markel Insurance Henry VIII Novices' Chase with Captain Conan.

Sprinter Sacre (4-11 favourite) was the undoubted star of the show though, extending his unbeaten run over fences to six on his seasonal bow in the Grade One feature.

Much had been made of the showdown between Sprinter Sacre and the Paul Nicholls-trained Sanctuaire, but it turned into a one-horse race on the day.

Ruby Walsh set out to make all aboard Sanctuaire and built up an eight-length advantage at one stage, but Sprinter Sacre reeled him back in with the minimum of effort to take charge three fences from home.

Geraghty's mount was then barely out of second gear as he pulled away from the toiling Sanctuaire to run out a 15-length winner without really coming off the bridle, and the early leader paid for his exploits as he was eventually caught for second by the fast-finishing Kumbeshwar.

Henderson said: "He has got the 'wow' factor. It's been a long time since Aintree and I admit to being petrified about Sanctuaire. I knew that horse had got pace and would put it into the race, which would stretch anybody, and it was as soft as our fellow would ever want to go on.

"He's just class isn't he? I knew I had something a bit special and I just wanted it to stay that way. That's as good a two-mile chaser as you'll ever see.

"He will probably go for the Victor Chandler and Cheltenham, I don't know for sure, but there aren't that many options, and then on to Aintree or Punchestown."

Paddy Power make Sprinter Sacre the 1-2 favourite from evens for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival.

 

Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1)
£120,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Soft, good to soft in places

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Sprinter Sacre
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 7lbs
4 - 11
Winner
2
Kumbeshwar
A King
W Hutchinson
11st 7lbs
25 - 1
15 lengths
3
Sanctuaire
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 7lbs
11 - 4
4 1/2 lengths
4
Idarah
Miss V Williams
L Treadwell
11st 7lbs
66 - 1
11 lengths
5
His Excellency
D Pipe
Hadden Frost
11st 1lbs
66 - 1
1/2 length
6
Doeslessthanme
P F Nicholls
J Tizzard
11st 7lbs
33 - 1
16 lengths
7
Kinkeel
A W Carroll
Matthew Batchelor
11st 7lbs
200 - 1
55 lengths
       


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