Sprinter Sacre future still in limbo

Nicky Henderson has yet to decide on plans for Sprinter Sacre – nearly two weeks after he was pulled up in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

Sprinter Sacre future still in limbo

Winner of the two-mile championship in 2013 before being sidelined for over a year with well-documented problems, Sprinter Sacre had made an encouraging comeback return when second to Dodging Bullets in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January.

However, he failed to build upon that effort on his return to the Festival earlier this month.

The Seven Barrows trainer reports the nine-year-old in good shape but remains in no hurry to pinpoint the next move.

“There’s no word on Sprinter Sacre, but he’s fine,” said Henderson.

“When I’ve something to say about Sprinter Sacre I’ll let everyone know.”

  • The Turf Club has moved the date of the Foxrock inquiry from April 2 to April 18.

Trainer Ted Walsh and jockey Adrian Heskin attracted the attention of the stewards when Foxrock finished third at Punchestown in December, with officials accepting the seven-year-old had finished slightly lame and lost both front shoes during the course of the race, although they banned Heskin for not reporting the issues in the first instance.

However, new footage has emerged that was not available on the day, prompting the inquiry to be reopened.

Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone said: “Their legal team couldn’t make the original date (April 2) so it has been put back to April 18.”

  • Eddie Lynam hopes Sole Power performs with a bit more dash in Saturday’s Al Quoz Sprint than on his last outing at Meydan.

The eight-year-old ran a rare poor race when only 12th in what was effectively a trial for this event earlier in the month.

While he was only beaten three lengths by the winner, Ian Williams’ Sir Maximilian, Lynam expects a much better showing when in really matters.

“Sole Power went to the training track this morning. He is used to working on that surface and did a routine canter,” said the County Meath handler.

“He will go to the grass track on Wednesday morning. He is in good form. He was a bit disappointing on Super Saturday, but hopefully will do better this Saturday.”

Sole Power will be making his fifth appearance in the Group One with his second place to Ortensia in 2012 the closest he has come to winning.

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