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Sprinter Sacre likely to return at Kempton

ESPN staff
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Sprinter Sacre has become a cult figure to the horse racing public © PA Photos
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Sprinter Sacre is likely to make his return to the track on December 27 in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton.

Nicky Henderson's star horse missed the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday after he returned a dirty tracheal wash.

Henderson's assistant Charlie Morlock believes Sprinter Sacre, who is unbeaten over fences, would enjoy an ideal return at Kempton, but was disappointed not to see him run against eventual Tingle Creek winner Sire De Grugy.

"The Kempton race would be ideal," Morlock told skysports.com. "It was only a little problem that he had, no more than a snuffly nose. Obviously last week we couldn't treat it when we thought he might still run, other than giving him plenty of fresh air, but now he's receiving treatment.

"He is sort of public property now and while we could maybe have run, if we'd taken a risk and run and it hadn't paid off, we'd have looked very silly. Timewise Kempton looks just right for him now.

"His work most recently had been magnificent and we were all devastated when he didn't run. He was ticking over, doing what we'd wanted him to without really doing anything more, but then he really started to fly.

"I think he'll be fine for Kempton. He's not the sort of horse who will take a huge lot out of himself."

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