Sprinter Sacre shows form of old to win Queen Mother Champion Chase

Nico de Boinville celebrates after piloting Sprinter Sacre to a sensational win in the Champion Chase

Nico de Boinville celebrates after piloting Sprinter Sacre to a sensational win in the Champion Chase

Sprinter Sacre, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico de Boinville, won the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Invincible when imperious in this race three years ago, Sprinter Sacre has had a succession of well-documented problems but has been brought back by his trainer Nicky Henderson to be the top two-miler again.

Sprinter Sacre (5-1) surged past a tame Un De Sceaux two out and pulled clear under Nico de Boinville to bring a packed house down at Prestbury Park.

Un De Sceaux, the 4-6 favourite, was still second best, beaten three and a half lengths behind the popular winner after being unable to dominate in his usual manner.

The pace had been set by Special Tiara (16-1), who was just a nose behind Un De Sceaux in third.

Henderson said: "It's been a long, long journey – those were two very, very grim years.

"That was unbelievable. That was about dreams, wasn't it?"

Blaklion roars home to win the RSA Chase

Blaklion (red silks) would see off more fancied challengers to take the RSA Chase

Blaklion (red silks) would see off more fancied challengers to take the RSA Chase

Blaklion stayed on commendably up the hill to take the honours in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

Produced by Ryan Hatch in a wide-open race, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Blaklion (8-1) put in a tenacious effort to come out on top.

The winner and Shaneshill battled it out in the closing stages, with the former prevailing by half a length.

More Of That was third, another eight lengths in arrears.

Hatch, claiming a second Festival victory, said: "He's not very big, but he can jump.

"He was absolutely super – he travelled all the way.

"He had a bit of boot at the end and passed them all.

"He's such a legend, he's as hard as nails.

"He's a very good horse and I just steered him, really."

Twiston-Davies said: "It's fantastic. Nobody expected him to win, but he's always been a great horse.

"We were so gutted (on Tuesday) and I was miserable as The New One (fourth in Champion Hurdle) isn't quite as good as he used to be, but we've got another (good) one."