Jump racing great Sprinter Sacre retired

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Legendary racehorse Sprinter Sacre has been retired due to a leg injury.

Trainer Nicky Henderson announced on Sunday that the 10-year-old gelding's stellar jump racing career is over due to a minor tendon strain.

The French-bred won 14 of his 18 starts over fences, failing to win just six of his 24 races in all to go down as one of the great chasers after earning £1,136,884 in prize money.

Sprinter Sacre won the Queen Mother Champion Chase for a second time this year, having also taken the Arkle and the Tingle Creek in 2012.

Triumphs in the Melling Chase, as well as at Punchestown and Ascot followed before he recovered from a heart problem to win twice in 2015.

He claimed a second Champion Chase crown at Cheltenham in March before winning at Sandown in what proved to be his last race seven months ago.

Berkshire-based handler Henderson tweeted: "It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad news that Sprinter Sacre has been retired. He was the horse of an absolute lifetime."