Cheltenham Festival: Altior battles for record-equalling victory


There used to be relief on the face of jockey Nico de Boinville after the have interaction

Odds-on favorite Altior claimed a file-equalling 18th consecutive success over jumps thanks to a nervy have interaction in the Queen Mom Champion Dawdle on the Cheltenham Competition.

Nicky Henderson’s celeb (4-11) used to be removed from dominant and used to be challenged by Politologue and Sceau Royal tiring on.

Jockey Nico de Boinville had to dig deep to have interaction by one-and-three-quarter lengths.

It is a 63rd Competition victory for Henderson and his sixth on this accelerate.

Altior came to the Competition on the serve of an unbeaten bustle dating from October 2015 and overlaying 5 hurdle races and 12 steeplechases.

The victory methodology he is now level with four-time long-distance hurdling champion Massive Buck’s, whose profitable file spanned forty eight months from January 2009.

While Saint Calvados set off at a aesthetic hotfoot in the highlight of day two of the Competition, Altior stayed shut with both horses pulling obvious early on.

Altior had a cramped mistake on the water bounce – the seventh of 13 fences – nonetheless looked as if it would aloof down after that.

Nonetheless, the remainder of the sphere used to be by no methodology too some distance away and turning from home with two fences aloof last, the title used to be aloof up for grabs.

Politologue and Sceau Royal loomed grand, and after two not as much as fluid jumps on the closing fences, it looked esteem Altior’s unbeaten file would maybe well attain to an finish on the huge stage.

However the nine-year-outdated confirmed his class to push to the freeway and land the accelerate for the 2nd year in a row, making it four consecutive wins on the Competition.

Diagnosis

BBC Radio 5 are living reporter Derek Thompson

As a fan of horse racing and the file books, I hoped Altior would have interaction.

Within the closing phases it looked as if it wasn’t going to occur. However Altior has completely raised the roof. That used to be an unlimited Champion Dawdle. He is made ancient past – and wow.

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