Cheltenham Festival 2018 – All going to plan for Altior ahead of Queen Mother Champion Chase run

NICKY HENDERSON has declared Altior fine and ready to go in his bid for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next Wednesday.

Last year's Arkle Trophy winner is unbeaten since his bumper days and in seven starts over fences.

Already a dual Festival winner, Henderson's star two-mile performer made a belated comeback at Newbury last month with a facile victory over Tingle Creek winner Politologue in the Game Spirit Chase.

Henderson reports his eight-year-old to have had no issues since then ahead of the Queen Mother Champion Chase next week.

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"Everything went right (at Newbury) and we haven't needed to have done a whole heap (of work)," Henderson told Unibet's Cheltenham Festival preview.

"He did a bit of work (on Monday morning). He'll do a little bit more and then he can have a school.

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"He's a natural athlete."

Altior is 4-6 favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Sun Bets.

 

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