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Cheltenham Festival 2013: Sprinter Sacre wins Champion Chase

Superstar Sprinter Sacre romps to victory in Champion Chase with sensational run

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Geraghty said: 'He's a beautiful horse to ride. I've never ridden one as natural to jump. Things would have to go very wrong to go wrong.

'Once he's healthy and well, you get him relaxed and into a nice rhythm. He does the rest and he's a pleasure to ride.

Main man: Barry Geraghty steered Sprinter Sacre to victory over Sizing Europe who was 19 lengths behind

Main man: Barry Geraghty steered Sprinter Sacre to victory over Sizing Europe who was 19 lengths behind

Main man: Barry Geraghty steered Sprinter Sacre to victory over Sizing Europe who was 19 lengths behind

'I've ridden some brilliant horses over the years, but the ease and the grace that he does it with sets him apart.'

Henderson, greeting his 49th Festival winner, said: 'He's just very special. (I'm relieved) It's over.

'He just has that way of doing it.

'He finds it ridiculously easy – he just loves doing it.

'He loves to attack his fences. We are very lucky to have him.

'I hope people have enjoyed watching him.

'We've talked about Punchestown, and I'm sure Richie Galway (Punchestown manager) would like us to talk about it a bit more. He is a two-miler and I don't think Aintree really will be him.

'There's a nice Grade One in Ireland and maybe we go for that and then wrap him up.'

Crowd pleaser: Barry Geraghty takes the plaudits after his victory on board Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham

Crowd pleaser: Barry Geraghty takes the plaudits after his victory on board Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham

Caroline Mould's husband, Raymond, said: 'It's absolutely incredible.

'One lives in hope and expectation, but the reality is incredible.

'To see him do it like that is fantastic.

'What more can one say'

Sizing Europe's rider Andrew Lynch said: 'I tripped up on the path on the crossing, but I wouldn't use that as an excuse – the winner is some horse.

'I took it to him to see how good he was and my lad ran with great credit.'

Sizing Europe's trainer Henry de Bromhead said: 'We have been beaten by a phenomenon. We had a go, but came off second best.

Take a bow: Nicky Henderson was relieved after watching his charge justify favouritism

Take a bow: Nicky Henderson was relieved after watching his charge justify favouritism

'Andrew said he tripped on the path but that it made no difference to the result.

'He's still finished second in a Champion Chase and even at 11 he is still a very good horse, but we have been beaten by a special one.

'We made the decision to run in this (rather than Ryanair Chase or Gold Cup) and there is nothing we can do about that now.

'He was ridden to win the race. He jumped brilliant today and we know that he stays further so we will do whatever is best for the horse and I am sure Punchestown will come into it.

'He seems as good as ever, but the winner put us in our place.'

Sprinter Sacre wins Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown

Sprinter Sacre storms to Tingle Creek Chase victory at Sandown on seasonal debut

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16:02 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 8 December 2012

Sprinter Sacre ran out a hugely-impressive winner of the the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase on his seasonal bow at Sandown.

Nicky Henderson's charge arrived unbeaten in five chase starts last term and he extended that run to six in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Deeply impressive: Sprinter Sacre and Barry Geraghty jump the last

Deeply impressive: Sprinter Sacre and Barry Geraghty jump the last

Assuming control from the Pond Fence, the 4-11 favourite accelerated away to claim the Grade One prize by 15 lengths.

Sprinter Sacre ran out a hugely-impressive winner of the the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase on his seasonal bow at Sandown.

Nicky Henderson's charge arrived
unbeaten in five chase starts last term and he extended that run to six
in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Assuming control from the Pond Fence, the 4-11 favourite accelerated away to claim the Grade One prize by 15 lengths.

Henderson said: 'He has got the 'wow'
factor. It's been a long time since Aintree and I admit to being
petrified about Sanctuaire.

All too easy: Barry Geraghty takes a peek over his shoulder

All too easy: Barry Geraghty takes a peek over his shoulder

'I knew that horse had got pace and
would put it into the race which would stretch anybody and it was as
soft as our fellow would ever want to go on. “He's just class isn't he

'I knew that I had something a bit special and I just wanted it to stay that way.

'That's as good a two-mile chase as you'll ever see.

'He will probably go for the Victor
Chandler and Cheltenham, I don't know for sure, but there aren't that
many options and then on to Aintree or Punchestown.'

Sprinter scores: Barry Geraghty shows his delight after Tingle Creek success

Sprinter scores: Barry Geraghty shows his delight after Tingle Creek success

Geraghty partnered Moscow Flyer to
win 10 Grade One chases, including two Queen Mother Champion Chases, and
he believes Sprinter Sacre compares favourably.

He added: 'He's the closest I have ridden to Moscow. Time will tell (if he will be as good) but he's going the right way. “He's the most natural I have ever ridden and so far, so good.'

All smiles: Geraghty (right) and trainer Nicky Henderson

All smiles: Geraghty (right) and trainer Nicky Henderson

Shane Geraghty to rejoin London Irish

Geraghty agrees to rejoin London Irish three years after walking out on Exiles

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UPDATED:

19:00 GMT, 24 April 2012

Moving on: Shane Geraghty (left)

Moving on: Shane Geraghty (left)

London Irish confirmed that Shane
Geraghty will be returning to the club from French side Brive in the
summer, but he won't be joined at the Madejski Stadium by Mike Tindall.

With the Exiles releasing several
players at the end of the current season, it is understood that they
will announce the signing of another centre later this week.

But despite rumours linking Tindall with a move from Gloucester, Irish have had no contact with the former England captain.

Geraghty is coming home after a season at Brive to reignite his England prospects ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

The 25-year-old back has won six caps to date, the last in November 2009 against the All Blacks.

Sportsmail
understands the return of Brian Smith for a second term as the Exiles'
director of rugby convinced Geraghty to rejoin his first club.

Previous: Geraghty left London Irish for Northampton in 2009

Previous: Geraghty left London Irish for Northampton in 2009

Meanwhile, England and Harlequins
captain Chris Robshaw leads a six-man shortlist for the Aviva
Premiership Player of the Year award, announced on May 8.

There are two other openside flankers
on the list, Julian Salvi (Leicester) and James Scaysbrook (Exeter),
along with Mike Brown, Brad Barritt and Nick Wood.

The director of rugby award is a
contest between Harlequins' Conor O'Shea, Leicester's Richard Cockerill
and Exeter's Rob Baxter.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2012: Nicky Henderson stable lad win 1million

Stable lad turns 50 into 1m with accumulator on Henderson's winners

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UPDATED:

22:16 GMT, 15 March 2012

A stable lad at trainer Nicky Henderson’s yard is understood to have won 1million on a five-horse accumulator bet on the stable’s record-breaking winners at Cheltenham.

Irishman Conor Murphy, a single 31-year-old, really will be taking barrowloads of cash back to Henderson’s Seven Barrows base in Lambourn – but says he intends to carry on working in his relatively lowly-paid role.

Murphy became a millionaire after a 50 ante-post rollover bet with online bookmakers Bet365. The five successful punts were on Sprinter Sacre, who triumphed on the first day, Wednesday winners Simonsig, Bobs Worth and Finian’s Rainbow and Thursday’s victor Riverside Theatre.

Windfall: Barry Geraghty celebrates after riding Riverside Theatre to victory on Thursday

Windfall: Barry Geraghty celebrates after riding Riverside Theatre to victory on Thursday

Henderson said on Thursday night that he ‘couldn’t be happier for Conor’.

‘I’ve just heard about it – it is absolutely wonderful,’ he added. ‘He is such a lovely lad, one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.

‘He’s my top guy and I am absolutely thrilled for him.

‘He’s got amazing foresight betting on the horses before Christmas. I wish I’d known about it – I wouldn’t have minded making a million quid.’

Murphy is now the second head lad at the Henderson yard, which would pay him around 25,000 a year. His duties include looking after Finian’s Rainbow.

Meanwhile, Kauto Star’s owner Clive Smith has conceded this afternoon’s Cheltenham Gold Cup could be the 12-year-old’s last race. Kauto Star is 7-2 second favourite to add to his Gold Cup wins in 2007 and 2009.

Cheltenham Festival 2012: Peter Scudamore"s festival view

Peter Scudamore Festival view: Horses look spectacular over jumps but it can be a risk

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UPDATED:

01:23 GMT, 14 March 2012

Leaps of faith

Some horses look spectacular jumping but the cost of such flamboyance is risk. Nicky Henderson’s Arkle Chase winner Sprinter Sacre appears an exception. His leaps are breathtaking but also carried out with precision. No wonder jockey Barry Geraghty called him 'The Special One'.

Special one: Sprinter Sacre looks spectacular when jumping

Special one: Sprinter Sacre looks spectacular when jumping

Nice one, son

Aintree devotee Ginger McCain didn’t have a lot of time for Cheltenham but he was prouder of his son’s achievements than he would ever admit. He will have looked down from on high with a smile after Donald’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle victory with Cinders And Ashes, a horse Ginger bought. His legacy lives on.

Having a ball

Step aside Henderson, McCain and Paul Nicholls, the training performance of the season should go to rookie Keiran Burke who has improved Hunt Ball, winner of the Pulteney Land Investements Chase under jockey Nick Scholfield, a whacking 5st. The 2013 Gold Cup is not an unreasonable target.

What a performance: Keiran Burke (right) celebrates after Hunt Ball wins Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Steeple Chase

What a performance: Keiran Burke (right) celebrates after Hunt Ball wins Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Steeple Chase

Harry to marry

Harry Fry, the 25-year-old assistant handed credit by his boss Paul Nicholls for training Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby, has more reason to celebrate as girlfriend Ciara O’Connor looks after the gelding. But will he heed the advice of Nicholls, who said: ‘He’ll have to ask her to marry him now.’

The first Noel

When Ruby Walsh was injured last season, it was to Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls originally turned to hand the ride on Kauto Star. But not for the first time, Fehily’s own injury jinx then struck and he missed the 2011 Festival. It was great to see this most talented and understated rider rewarded in the Champion Hurdle.

Grandouet saunters to International Hurdle victory at Cheltenham

Grandouet proves Champion Hurdle credentials with International win

Barry Geraghty survived a moment of crisis on his way to a notable big-race treble at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Earlier, iron man Geraghty had the kind of fall in front of a packed field of runners which all jump jockeys dread.

As he lay on the ground, he was caught with terrifying force by the flying hooves of another horse which trampled all over him.

Easy win: Grandouet (green) had plenty to spare up the Cheltenham hill

Easy win: Grandouet (green) had plenty to spare up the Cheltenham hill

“It hurt all right and I felt rough,” he said later after his fall from Tanks For That in the Jenny Mould Memorial Chase.

“At first, I couldn”t even walk over to Jerry McGrath, who had taken a bad fall at the same fence. I got to the rail and rested and by the time I returned to the weighing room I knew I was OK.”

McGrath was carried from the course on a stretcher and taken to hospital with a suspected back injury.

Geraghty declared himself fit and was soon spotted limping painfully into the paddock before the Spinal Research Gold Cup.

“If he can walk he will ride,” suggested his great rival Ruby Walsh with a degree of accuracy.

Geraghty then landed an improbable victory in the big race on Quantitativeeasing with a door- die effort that defied belief.

He went on to complete a treble for himself and his boss Nicky Henderson on the stable”s talented duo Grandouet and Oscar Whisky.

Grandouet is now 5-1 for the Champion Hurdle, while Oscar Whisky is bound for the Welsh Champion Hurdle.

Plenty left: Barry Geraghty and Grandouet (centre) clear the last from Overturn (left) and Brampour (right)

Plenty left: Barry Geraghty and Grandouet (centre) clear the last from Overturn (left) and Brampour (right)

Both hurdlers won with plenty to spare. In startling contrast, the only time Quantitativeeasing looked like prevailing was when he thrust his head willingly between the two leaders, Roudoudou Ville and Medermit in the shadow of the post.

Geraghty admitted: “We were struggling the whole way and could not have got to the front any sooner. Luckily, he pinged the last four fences to give us a chance going to the last.”

Henderson, celebrating his 61th birthday, added: “We were further back than we intended and needed a long run-in today.”

Geraghty took the ride when champion AP McCoy opted to partner Sunnyhillboy, the 7-2 favourite, which failed to fire.