After combating several health problems between 2013 and 2015, Sprinter Sacre was slowly making his rise back to the top.
At the beginning of the 2015/2016 season, the gelding claimed his first win in nearly two years, landing the Grade 2 Shloer Chase and followed that up with success in the Desert Orchard Chase a month later.
But Sprinter Sacre’s date with destiny and immortality overpowered the odds-on favourite.
Heading into the final stages, the then 10-year-old nodded over the third to last fence and his chances of victory could have faded there and then.
But he pressed towards the leading pair of Un De Sceaux and Special Tiara and found himself in the lead before two out.
Sprinter Sacre cleared away from the challenging duo and was met with an almighty roar from the Cheltenham crowd when he just about got over the final fence.
He would go on to win by 3 ½ lengths, etching his name into history.
Commentator Simon Holt summed up the moment perfectly with an emotional line that lives long in the memory of racing fans: “They say they never come back, this is one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Cheltenham Festival!”
Sprinter Sacre would race once more before retiring, overcoming Un De Sceaux once again in the Celebration Mile at Sandown a month later.