Sprinter Sacre’s season is over

Julian Harris
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REIGNING Champion Chase holder Sprinter Sacre will not race at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, his trainer revealed last night.

The eight-year-old was the hot favourite to win the race again this year, but has been withdrawn due to fears over an irregular heartbeat. “It’s terribly disappointing but it’s the right thing to do,” said trainer Nicky Henderson yesterday.