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Sprinter run exciting Kempton

Kempton's executive has reacted with excitement at the possibility of a clash between Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy on December 27.

The second day of the William Hill Winter Festival is far quieter than the first, which features the King George, but the appearance of jumping superstar Sprinter Sacre in the Desert Orchid Chase would provide a huge boost to the attendance.

Trainer Nicky Henderson is mulling between that event and starting off in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 18, with Sprinter Sacre not quite producing satisfactory test results ahead of last weekend's Tingle Creek.

Sire De Grugy took advantage in his absence at Sandown and his trainer Gary Moore feels Kempton's flat layout would give his chestnut the best possible chance of toppling the two-mile champion.

Barney Clifford, director of racing and clerk of the course at Kempton, said: "Sprinter Sacre would be fantastic. I was lucky enough to be at Punchestown the day he ran, and what he did for the attendance.

"I reckon he can put 3,000 on the gate - he would help us enormously."

Henderson's assistant Charlie Morlock had an update on Sprinter Sacre at a King George press event on Monday.

He said: "I think the Kempton race would be ideal, time-wise. It's just like having a snuffly nose, but he is kind of public property and if you took a risk to run him (at Sandown) and it didn't pay off you would look very silly.

"It was disappointing after he worked the Saturday before, but he can have a bit of treatment now."

Henderson has My Tent Or Yours ready to follow in the hoofprints of the ill-fated Darlan, who won last year's williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle.

Last season's Supreme runner-up made a winning reappearance in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and Morlock said: "I'd think he'll be our only runner in the Christmas Hurdle.

"He's very, very pacey and he'll be very hard to beat. He has come on since the Newcastle run."