ALTIOR will change into one of the crucial exceptional horses Nicky Henderson has ever seen if he conquers Cyrname in Saturday’s huge Ascot conflict.
The highest rated chasers in Britain are set to enter battle within the Christy Chase in an early season tear up.
Altior is as quick as 8-11 for Saturday’s race[/caption]
And Henderson admits he’s nervous, however excited as Altior’s King George hopes might relaxation on how he fares.
He mentioned: “They had been all the time coming right here and so we had been, and neither of us are shirkers of battles!
“The timing of this race is ideal and there’s no level avoiding one horse. We’ve acquired to take it on and it’s pretty you’ve acquired two horses like this and other people constructing it up a lot.
“It’s what the game wants and is nice for racing.”
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The bookies have Altior as favorite, however the handicapper formally has Paul Nicholls’ star rated a pound greater.
It’s completely arrange as Altior steps as much as two miles and 5 furlongs for the primary time, placing his unbeaten run of 19 on the road.
Henderson added: “The gap is clearly at the back of our minds however that is the race to inform us extra.
“If he can show himself up at this journey and keep unbeaten he’s simply one of the crucial exceptional horses I’ve ever seen.
“If you happen to’d seen him work on Friday you’d assume we’re mad for stepping him up in journey right here and this gained’t be straightforward in any way.
“It’s an enormous ask as a result of we’re up in journey, it’s not just a bit step up. I nonetheless say he doesn’t appear like he’s a horse that may keep as he’s simply acquired a lot pace and his leaping is so slick.”
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Altior is entered within the Betfair Chase on the identical day however any speak of Haydock has been shelved.
Henderson joked: “I’ve by no means achieved any good in that race and Paul all the time appears to win it. I don’t know why he can’t take Cyrname there!”
“The Betfair was solely in case there was an earthquake or one thing at Ascot.”
Earthquake or no earthquake, it’s set to be a royal rumble at Ascot on Saturday.