Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase winner SPRINTER SACRE (FR)
7 b/br g Network (GER) – Fatima (FR) (Bayolidaan (FR))
Form: 11/2113/11111-111 Owner: Caroline Mould Breeder: Christophe Masle
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Barry Geraghty
French-bred horse who has been nicknamed Jump racing’s Frankel after some brilliant performances. He was bought in a ‘job lot’ of 21 horses from the same vendor for €300,000 in France by Raymond Mould, whose wife Caroline owns the chaser, through bloodstock agent David Minton. He was a high- class novice hurdler in 2011 and finished third in the Grade One William Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival.
Unbeaten in eight phenomenal starts over fences since, with five Grade One victories to his name. Last season was headlined by spectacular success in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at The Festival. He returned this season to another impressive victory in the Grade One Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park, won the rescheduled Grade One Victor Chandler Chase over an extended two miles at Cheltenham easily by 14 lengths on January 26 and put up another brilliant performance in the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at The Festival, winning effortlessly by 19 lengths from Sizing Europe.
By winning at the odds of 1/4, Sprinter Sacre became the shortest-priced winner at The Festival since Arkle took the 1966 Cheltenham Gold Cup at 1/10. He is now one of the best chasers there has ever been. His official rating is now 188, 2lb behind the highest-rated horse in the history of the Anglo-Irish Jump Classifications, Kauto Star, while Timeform makes him the third best chaser on 192p in the last 65 years.
Jump Race Record: Starts: 14; Wins: 12; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £511,001
Based at Wormington in the Cotswolds, Caroline is the wife of longstanding owner Raymond Mould. A revered figure in the property world, Mould founded and sold on both Arlington Securities and Pillar Property. His latest venture, London & Stamford, recently merged with another firm to become London Metric after the now 72-year-old decided to edge towards retirement.
He is a former chairman of racecourse group Arena Leisure and once had a share in the Hollow Bottom pub at Guiting Power near Cheltenham. Valued at £60 million when last appeared in Sunday Times Rich List in 2009. He owned the 2002 Grand National winner Bindaree, while his late wife Jenny jointly-owned 1988 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Charter Party with Mould’s business partner Colin Smith. Raymond Mould also owned 1993 King George VI Chase winner Barton Bank. Although better known for his jumping horses, he enjoyed a Royal Ascot success when Ransom Note won the 2010 Britannia Handicap, trained by Barry Hills. Flat-bred Pure Science, a 160,000gns yearling by Galileo out of Rebelline, stayed on to be sixth in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The 2013 Festival.
Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase wins – 2013 Sprinter Sacre
Nicky Henderson (Lambourn, Berkshire)
The all-time leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with 50 successes after gaining a record seven wins last year and four this year. Twice the winner of the Jump trainers’ championships, in 1985/86 and 1986/87, he has sent out approaching 2,500 winners and is hot favourite to capture another trainers’ title this season. Born in Lambeth, London, on December 10, 1950, he is the son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, who founded the Racecourse Holdings Trust, the forerunner for Jockey Club Racecourses. Nicky, who had Field Marshal Montgomery as a godfather, was educated at Eton and the Royal Agricultural College.
He worked for stockbrokers Cazenove in London and Australia, where he gained experience riding work at Randwick, before devoting himself full-time to racing. First made his name in Britain as an amateur rider, finishing runner-up three times in the non-professional championship. His main wins as a jockey came on Happy Warrior in the 1977 Fox Hunters Chase at Aintree and on Acquaint in Sandown’s Imperial Cup in the same year. Recorded his 78th and final win on Rolls Rambler in the Horse & Hound Cup at Stratford in June, 1978. He became assistant trainer to Fred Winter in 1974 and received his own training licence in July, 1978, taking over from Roger Charlton at Windsor House Stables in Lambourn. Moved to Seven Barrows, to the north of the village, in 1992. First winner as a trainer was Dukery at Uttoxeter, October 14, 1978.
He has won five Stan James Champion Hurdles, two Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cups (2011 Long Run, 2013 Bob’s Worth), three Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian’s Rainbow, 2013 Sprinter Sacre) and two Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal).
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup wins: 2011 LONG RUN, 2013 BOBS WORTH
Barry Geraghty (born September 16, 1979) is one of six children from a “horse-mad” family that hails from Drumree in Co Meath. His father ‘Tucker’ was a useful amateur and trains a few horses in addition to his riding school and livery yard, while his now US-based brother Ross, who won the 2002 Irish National on The Bunny Boiler, and sister Jill, an amateur, are both jockeys.
Like so many Irish jockeys, Geraghty has a background in pony racing, riding his last winner in that sphere in September, 1996, before becoming apprenticed to Noel Meade that month and having his first ride in October, 1996. He rode his first winner aboard Stagalier at Down Royal on January 29, 1997.
It was for trainer Jessica Harrington that he first sprang to prominence, partnering her 1998 Midlands National winner Miss Orchestra. Geraghty will forever be associated with the great Moscow Flyer who provided him with his first Cheltenham Festival victory in the 2002 Arkle Chase and went on to add the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005, as well as a host of other championship races including the Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase at Aintree in 2004 and 2005. He crowned the 2002/03 season with victory in the John Smith’s Grand National aboard Monty’s Pass, something which contributed to him being voted RTE Sports Personality of the year by Irish television viewers.
He captured the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Tom Taaffe-trained Kicking King the day after Moscow Flyer’s emotional second Queen Mother Champion Chase triumph. In total, he has enjoyed 28 victories at the Cheltenham Festival after three successes this year. He was top rider at The Festival in both 2003 (5) and 2012 (5). Geraghty teamed up with Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson at the start of the 2008/09 season, splitting his time between Ireland and Britain. Geraghty’s association with Henderson has yielded a Champion Hurdle victory in 2009 with Punjabi, two Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase wins with Finian’s Rainbow (2012) and Sprinter Sacre (2013) and a Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup with Bobs Worth (2013).
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup wins: 2005 Kicking King, 2013 BOBS WORTH
I’m grateful to my friends at Racenews for another of their superb Factfiles