Altior different class in the Tingle Creek
The great Altior further cemented himself as the leading national hunt horse in training following his authoritative display in the Tingle Creek over the weekend. This meant he still remains unbeaten over obstacles. Punters have now been busy supporting him using the latest promo from Mansion casino, to defend his crown in the Champion Chase come Cheltenham. He is odds on for the race and if the same horse turns up, then the rest are simply playing for places.
Altior was sent off a shade of odds on for his seasonal reappearance, in what was being billed as a mini Champion Chase. The field of four was stacked with talent that included Sceau Royal, who was entering the race following an eye catching comeback victory in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham. The field also contained the exciting five year old, Saint Calvados, who had previously lowered the colours of the 2018 Arkle winner Footpad over in Ireland. Then another legend of the national hunt ranks,the eleven year old, Un de Sceaux.
With torrential rain before theoff, it was certainly only going to improve the chances of the Willie Mullins horse, who himself was a previous winner of the race. Ruby dictated the fractions as it was clear it would be a dual between Altior and Un de Sceaux,with the others struggling from the off. The pair jumped the last as one, with Altior showing his trademark staying prowess to clear away and win by a comfortable four lengths.
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This victory meant Altior now extended his remarkable record on the track to 16 victories from 18 starts,and 15 in succession. His run resulted in him being awarded an RPR of 179 for the performance but could we yet see him surpass his life time best RPR of 183 this season? With him continuing to dominate over this trip it remains unlikely he will change, but he could win over many distances, and he also remains the last horse to defeat the dual Champion hurdle winner, Buveur D’Air. It is going to take a remarkable performance from any horse to beat Altior at the 2019 Cheltenham festival so he must go in as the banker for 2019.