Sprinter Sacre diagnosed with irregular heartbeat
Sprinter Sacre, one of Britain’s top racehorses, has been
diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat following medical tests.
The 7-year-old steeplechaser visited equine specialist Celia
Marr in Newmarket on Saturday after pulling up during his seasonal
debut on Friday, ending his unbeaten record over fences.
Sprinter Sacre’s trainer, Nicky Henderson, says the horse has
atrial fibrillation and that Marr will wait until early next week
to see if the situation stabilizes.
Marr also worked on Denman, a former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner
who had a similar heart complaint.
Henderson says ”in her opinion, the reason for these situations
is that both horses are supreme athletes and they are more likely
to suffer from these problems due to the size of their hearts,
which in both cases are unusually large.”