Sprinter Sacre struck with Denman condition

It seems like weeks ago with all the racing that has entertained us over the past few days but, boxing day lived up to its expectations. We saw My Tent Or Yours with a classy display to prevail over The New One at a soft KemptonSilviniaco Conti reversed the outcome from Haydock last month in a real thriller. Turning over the Tizzards front runner, Cue Card. Supreme Novices Hurdle winner Champagne Fever was denied glory by Defy Logic & was beaten odds on.  

Sprinter Sacre made his highly anticipated seasonal debut on Friday, however, was pulled up early on by Barry Geraghty, who sensed something was amiss. An irregular heart beat or "atrial fibrillation" was revealed by racecourse vets & confirmed by a specialist on Saturday morning. The same condition as Gold cup hero Denman. To Henderson's relief, the issue has been resolved naturally. Once he was given the "all clear" (for now) Henderson went on to say "you wouldn't rule out training him again this season". I take that as no indication as to when we will see Sacre again. Only time will tell when he will be back to his best. Henderson claims there is a chance he will still go to Cheltenham in march.  

On Saturday, Chepstow hosted the Welsh grand national. Richard Lee has trained the winner twice in the past three years at this meeting. This time it was Mountainous (20/1) for Lee. Just managing to hold off Hawkes Point & the highly favourable Tidal Bay, with half a length between first & third place. 13/2 favourite, Highland lodge failed to make the frame & was pulled up along with 10 others in the heavy conditions. 

Sunday delivered an equally exciting day of racing. The three way tangle of JezkiHurricane Fly & Our Conor, to which Hurricane Fly answered again & graced us with his class. "The best is yet to come" says Mullins of The nine year oldHurricane Fly goes about the 4/1 mark for the champion hurdle in March. 

Thanks to all who have read, shared & enjoyed my blog this year. wish you all the best for 2014. 

Ciaran Judge  

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