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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: Altior to race after a speedy recovery

For National Hunt racing fans, there is nothing quite like the Cheltenham Festival. We are just 24 hours away from the biggest racing events of the year and some of the favorites have been announced.

Altior is going for the third consecutive win even though there are two younger and fitter horses in the running.

The ten-year-old is aiming to become the first horse since Badsworth Boy to win three Queen Mother Champion Chase titles.

The only time Altior hasn’t finished first in his 21 runs was at Ascot in November when he was runner-up to Cyrname.

But trainer Nicky Henderson revealed the horse was found to be suffering from an ‘old splint’ when pulled out of his box Friday.

Trainer Nicky Henderson poses for a photo with Altior, hopeful for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

When speaking to the BBC yesterday, Henderson said ‘the 10-year-old was found to be lame on Sunday morning,

”We’re working away and we’ll either get lucky or we won’t,

” It’s due to an old splint that has been dormant. It’s never bothered him before and, typically, it rears its ugly head now,

“We are working away and there’s lots we can do, we have two days, but it’s an uphill battle.”

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