THE highlight of day two at Cheltenham is of course the Champion Chase.
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GREATNESS awaits wonderful ALTIOR in the Betway Champion Chase.
He can’t be opposed to notch up an astonishing 18th victory since switching from bumpers to hurdles and looks likely to land his fourth straight Festival prize.
His seven-length of Min in this race 12 months ago was one of his less impressive performances. He found the dreadful ground against him but he still toughed it out to come storming clear up the run-in in his usual manner.
Nicky Henderson’s star might lack the brilliance of stablemate Sprinter Sacre – twice winner of this race – but his style is no less effective.
He kicked off this season by seeing off Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek and his Desert Orchid Chase success at Kempton over Christmas was little more than an exercise canter.
He strangely jumped out to his left when beating Fox Norton at Ascot in January so going this way round again won’t do him any harm.
This exceptional horse won’t be an exceptional price but sometimes beauty beats betting.
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Today Nico de Boinville – who was a conditional when he first rode ALTIOR at Market Rasen – will hopefully unleash Altior to show us what he can do, and if he destroys the 167-rated Min and 166-rated Politologue then he could just get his mark into the 180s and start to be thought of in the same breath as a Sprinter Sacre or Badsworth Boy.
Nicky Henderson has done a great job with Altior, who has notched up eighteen wins from twenty starts Under Rules, and I just hope he puts on a bold show in the champion for the champion trainer.
God’s Own might be one for a place at massive odds, with form in this event of 4-5-3 over the last few years.