What you didn’t know about… Sprinter Sacre

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  • Trainer Nicky Henderson tells H&H about the fabulous 2011 Cheltenham Festival winner.

    Fact file

    Stable name: Sprinter

    Age: six

    Height: 16.3hh

    Breed & sex: French-bred AQPS brown gelding

    Sire: Network

    Dam: Fatima III (by Bayolidaan)

    Discipline: NH racing

    Trainer: Nicky Henderson

    Owners: Raymond & Caroline Mould

    Rider: Barry Geraghty (Nico de Boinville at home)

    Groom: Sarwah Mohammed

    Best results (all 2012): Tingle Creek Chase, Arkle Chase, Maghull Novices’ Chase (all Grade 1)

    Five things you didn’t know…

    1 He has set three course records, at Kempton, Newbury and Cheltenham, in his past five races.

    2 His Timeform rating last season of 175 is a record for a novice chaser. It not only made him the overall two-mile champion, but also third-best chaser behind Kauto Star and Long Run.

    3 As a foal, he won the championship at the showcase in-hand “trade fair” for AQPS youngsters held each August at Decize, by the banks of the Loire. Robert Chugg was one of the judges.

    4 Knowledge of his damline stops with his four-greats grandam Union Sacrée, who was foaled in provincial France in 1942 during the dark days of Nazi occupation and the fragmentation of the French bloodstock industry.

    5 He was one of a job lot of more than 20 unbroken youngsters sourced in France by David Minton for the Moulds for a reputed £300,000.

    To read the full interview with Nicky Henderson about Sprinter Sacre see 28 December issue of H&H

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