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A lot is riding on the Sprinter Sacre Clarence House Chase comeback

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There must be dozens of fine professional athletes who will return to action after an injury in Britain on Saturday afternoon, most of them on either a football or rugby pitch, but there is only one with the capacity to shift a seven-figure sum into, or out of, the nation’s purses and pockets. And he just happens to be the one who cannot talk, to let us know how difficult the last few months have been and how he really feels about getting back into the heat of competition.

Racing’s absorption with Sprinter Sacre and his return to the track in Saturday’s Clarence House Chase at Ascot could seem a little overblown. He is only one horse among many, he has been away for a long time and the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival in March has been proceeding well enough in his absence.

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