Altior in seriously good form for Tingle Creek

 In Lambourn News

Altior is tearing up the gallops like a five-furlong sprinter at Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows yard as the champion two-mile chaser heads all guns blazing to the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown next month.

The eight-year-old, who had a perfect three-from-three record last season including an impressive victory in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham, stepped up his preparation for his seasonal return on December 8 when working at Newbury on Tuesday morning, and Henderson was clearly delighted with the superstar’s wellbeing.

“He is in seriously good form,” said Henderson. “He is so fast at home I think I’d rather run him in the King’s Stand than the King George! We’re really happy with him and, all being well, he goes to the Tingle Creek.”

Henderson has previously floated the possibility of trying the Patricia Pugh-owned Altior over further, with the 32Red-backed King George at Kempton on December 26 one option. However, his work this year has been all speed according to his trainer, with no immediate plans to run over further at this stage.

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