Sprinter Sacre Wins Champion Chase at Cheltenham to Extend RunBob Bensch
Sprinter Sacre won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at England’s Cheltenham horse racing festival to extend his unbeaten run over fences to eight races.
Sprinter Sacre, the 1-4 favorite ridden by Barry Geraghty, took the lead at the 11th of 13 fences in the two-mile race and ran away to a 19-length victory. Sizing Europe, the 2011 winner and runner-up last year, was second, with Wishful Thinking third.
“He’s a pleasure to ride,” Geraghty said in an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 after winning his fifth Champion Chase. “I’ve ridden some brilliant horses over the years, but it’s the ease and grace that he does it with sets him apart.”
Sprinter Sacre sat third in the seven-horse field behind Mail de Brieve and Sizing Europe in the early going. Sizing Europe moved to the front at the eighth fence and held the lead until being caught by Sprinter Sacre.
The Cheltenham festival in western England is one of the biggest events in U.K. jumps racing.