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Sprinter Sacre pulled up with irregular heartbeat

ESPN staff
December 27, 2013
Sprinter Sacre was checked by a vet after being pulled up in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton © PA Photos

Sire De Grugy followed his recent Tingle Creek triumph with victory in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton, but Nicky Henderson's star charge Sprinter Sacre was pulled up with an irregular heartbeat.

Sprinter Sacre, previously unbeaten over fences, missed the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown after returning a dirty tracheal wash. Sire De Grugy went on to win the Grade One race for trainer Gary Moore, before both horses were prepared for a showdown in the Desert Orchid.

However, following several awkward jumps from Sprinter Sacre, jockey Barry Geraghty was forced to pull his mount up with less than a mile to go. Sire De Grugy eased to victory ahead of Oiseau De Nuit.

"They [vets] listened to him when he pulled him up and when he came back in, and there is an irregular heartbeat there," Henderson said. "He landed on the back of the fence and Barry said he was empty.

"He was looking great, he jumped the first very well and his work was unbelievable. He is going to have to go for dope tests and then they will scope him and hopefully we will know more later."

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