Sprinter Sacre produced a sensational display to recapture the Queen Mother Champion Chase crown, as he steamrollered his rivals into submission to land the two-mile Championship crown, with red-hot favourite Un De Sceaux failing to live with a horse who was the catalyst for jubilant scenes at Prestbury Park.
Nicky Henderson's ten-year-old had been written off by many as he suffered a lengthy time off the racecourse due to heart issues, but the gelding who had tasted Cheltenham Festival victory in the 2011 Arkle Trophy and the 2012 Champion Chase showed that he is still the star performer in the 2m chasing division, as he produced arguably his finest performance on a racecourse.
Punters had piled into Un De Sceaux before the off, as he aimed to hand Willie Mullins more success, and they would've felt confident as he went upsides the long-time leader Special Tiara, who set a fierce gallop from the outset, but in behind Nico de Boinville was stalking on Sprinter Sacre, and turning for home, the pair hit the front.
Having propelled a couple of lengths clear, Sprinter Sacre made a slight error at the final fence, but it didn't halt his momentum, and in front of an emotionally-charged atmosphere he propelled back into the Grade 1 limelight and landed his second Champion Chase crown, with Un De Sceaux a three-and-a-half length second, with Special Tiara completing the placings.
15:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1.Sprinter Sacre - N Henderson - N De Boinville - 5/1 2.Un De Sceaux - W Mullins - R Walsh - 4/6F 3.Special Tiara - H de Bromhead - N Fehily - 16/1 10 Ran