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Cheltenham Festival: Rekindled Sprinter Sacre runs away with glory

By Richard Forristal

Published 17/03/2016

We've done it: Nico de Boinville after riding Sprinter Sacre to victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham
We've done it: Nico de Boinville after riding Sprinter Sacre to victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham

There would be less euphoria than seemed likely when Yorkhill smoothly took their haul to four from eight in Cheltenham's opener - the Neptune - on day two, but Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh once again produced the card's most exciting prospect.

In the Champion Chase, odds-on favourite Un De Sceaux had no answer to the majesty of a rekindled Sprinter Sacre on the latest emotionally charged Cotswolds chapter.

Nicky Henderson's feat of bringing the luminous 2013 champion back from the desolate gloom of the last two seasons to recapture his former glory in such splendour is one of the great training turns of our time.

Mullins, as ever, was magnanimous in defeat, graciously acknowledging the fairytale outcome as "a winner for racing".

"To be beaten by Sprinter Sacre is no shame," he said of Un De Sceaux's first defeat.

"It shows you the good ones can come back."

What will jar most with Mullins is that another of the Festival's marquee chases has passed him by.

If he never trains another winner his legacy will endure but success in this equine gladiatorial arena's elite chases is proving elusive.

"Two or three years ago I would have said he would go chasing but, with the horses that we have, they seen to be Champion Hurdle class rather than chasers," Mullins mused of Yorkhill's future.

"It's much easier to keep them sound hurdling rather than chasing. I had been thinking about chasing for him, but I'm not so sure now.

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Owners cheer home Any Currency in The Glenfarclas Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Owners cheer home Any Currency in The Glenfarclas Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Partner of Lee Westwood, Helen Storey during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Barry Geraghty falls from Campeador at the last in The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race, before both getting up unhurt, at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Gordon Elliott (R) celebrates at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: iphones at the ready as Sprinter Sacre returns after winning The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Sprinter Sacre sprint up the hill to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Roi Des Francs ridden by Ruby Walsh (L) and Le Mercurey ridden by Sam Twiston-Davie clear the water jump in the RSA Chase on Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Yorkhill (r) ridden by Ruby Walsh clears a flight on way to winning the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle on Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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"We'll see; we're very lucky to have good horses for the Champion Hurdle, so he will possibly get a chasing career. Ruby said he would win next year's Arkle with his mouth open; he gave him a super ride. When he went down the inner we needed things to go right, but in the end the gap might have come too soon."

"With Min and Altior in the Supreme, I decided to switch Yorkhill to this, as I felt he could beat Yanworth."

When informed that Yorkhill's owner Graham Wylie said that Mullins told him when he bought the horse that he had found him his Gold Cup winner, the trainer saw the funny side.

"Did I?" he laughed. "That must have been my sales patter!"

Yorkhill might have won the Supreme as well, though Yanworth's popularity saw him return a 3/1 SP. This was a devastating display in the mould of Douvan's Arkle rout, but the Closutton juggernaut was then unable to add to its 50 per cent Festival strike-rate.

Shaneshill was outpointed by Blaklion (8/1) in the RSA.

In the Champion Bumper, Battleford lost out in a humdinger, and it was again the Nigel Twiston-Davies team that foiled the Mullins-Wylie axis with Ballyandy (5/1).

Battleford's rider Mikey Fogarty was hit with a 13-day whip ban, and Davy Russell got two days after winning on Gordon Elliott's Diamond King. He should have got a medal, for he brought his run of wins at successive Festivals to 11 in sublime style.

It was the second time the partnership plundered the Coral Cup and Russell is now the handicap's must successful rider, having first won it on Ferdy Murphy's Naiad Du Misselot in 2008.

Elliott's No More Heroes suffered a career-ending tendon injury in the RSA.

"It's very unfortunate, and then you have a winner - that's the highs and lows of racing," Elliott reflected.

"Davy gave him (Diamond King) a great ride."

Russell said: "Gordon filled me with loads of confidence - no instructions. He's a master of his trade."

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