Sacre set to join elite
Sprinter Sacre could join Arkle and Flyingbolt as the only horses ever to achieve a Timeform rating of over 200, according to the essay in their latest edition of 'Chasers & Hurdlers' which is published on Saturday.
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However the Halifax-based firm feel for him to secure a place in the all-time steeplechasing panthenon - he might have to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Sprinter Sacre currently has a rating of 192p, putting him a pound ahead of Kauto Star, but Timeform feel the two-mile chasers still tend to be overshadowed in the public consciousness.
"Most winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase are specialists at the distance, though Flyingbolt was an outstanding performer over the Cheltenham Gold Cup distance too, and his near-contemporary Fortria won successive Champion Chases and then twice finished runner-up in the Gold Cup," they argue.
The essay points out that Crisp, winner of the 1971 Champion Chase, went on to put up a cracking performance in the Grand National under top weight, and that Desert Orchid and Kauto Star both concurrently held the title of best two-mile chaser and best staying chaser.
"Sprinter Sacre will be untouchable if it is decided to confine him to the two-mile division, but he gives the distinct impression that anything is possible with him and he would start a short-priced favourite for the Gold Cup," they continue.
No horse has ever won both a Champion Chase and a Gold Cup.