Racing Post – Altior vs Cyrname: Nicky Henderson wary of threat to unbeaten run in Celebration Chase

Video from Racing Post. Altior will be bidding for his 19th successive triumph, edging him clear of legendary staying hurdler Big Buck’s, with whom he shares the record for the most consecutive victories. Connections had been hoping to run Altior at Aintree but in the end decided to go for the race he has won on the last two occasions. Trainer Nicky Henderson said:

“I’d hoped to go to Aintree with him to be honest. I was pretty keen to up him in trip because I think everyone is saying, all he is doing is beating the same horses the whole time and he is never going to be called a champion until he’s done something completely different.”

On the potential clash with Cyrname, Henderson added:

“Paul’s horse is obviously very good, he looks very, very smart especially round Sandown and Ascot the other day. I think he’s a very big threat, to the point where he’s actually rated above us. It should be a cracking great race, it really should, a genuine Grade One. He’s won it twice before but Paul seems to want to protect Big Bucks’ record, why not, it will be good fun.”

When asked about Altior’s plans for next season, Henderson commented:

“We will definitely try him over further next year just to try and I think he’ll cope with it because he’s such a relaxed horse, he’s very, very professional through his races, he doesn’t have to go flat out, you can switch him off, you can switch him in, you can do whatever you like.”

Tickets for the bet365 Jump Finale at Sandown Park on Saturday 27th April are on sale from https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/sandown/ or 0344 579 3012.

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