Cheltenham Festival RACING

HORSE RACING: Big favourite Altior is ‘vulnerable’ says Ruby Walsh

Irish jockey, Ruby Walsh, believes that his horse Min is capable of beating Altior in Wednesday’s Queen Mother Race.

Altior, who is the defending Chaser Champion, is looking to extend a three-year plus winning streak and record-equalling 18 races on the trot.

“Altior has beaten Min twice in Cheltenham already. Min looks great, he’s in great form and is coming off the back of a really impressive performance Leopardstown,” said Walsh.

However, Walsh believes that he is at his most vunarable. “Altior is coming off the back of that run at Ascot. I know he won, but it was his least impressive performance of his life.

“Is he susceptible? Probably not, but if I can’t think he is I have no chance of beating him,” said the 39-year-old.

Patricia Pugh’s nine-year-old horse, which is trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville, is one of the Festivals favourites with the current odds standing at 4/9 for Altior, compared to 4/1 for Min.

“We’ll give it a go. He’s a super star, but I rode superstar horses and somewhere along the way they have an off day and are vulnerable, and I’m hoping that Altior’s off day is Wednesday,” said Walsh on his chances tomorrow.

The Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase takes place tomorrow at 15:30.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *