Altior’s run in Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in doubt as dual winner is lame and faces ‘uphill battle’ to make race
- Altior was lame on Sunday due to a splint that had been dormant
- It puts Altior’s run in Queen Mother Champions Chase on Wednesday in doubt
- Trainer Nicky Henderson had promised to do everything to make the race
- Altior has won the race in the past two years with jockey Nico de Boinville
Dual winner Altior’s run in Wednesday’s Queen Mother Champion Chase is in doubt after he was lame on Sunday morning.
Trainer Nicky Henderson said will do all he can to get Altior to the race when he will be trying to win his fifth Festival race.
Henderson said: ‘Unfortunately Altior was lame this morning, due to an old splint that has been dormant. It’s never bothered him before and typically it rears its ugly head now.
Altior with trainer Nicky Henderson last month – the dual winner in the Queen Mother Champions Chase at Cheltenham was lame on Sunday morning
‘We are working away and there’s lots we can do, we have two days, but it’s an uphill battle. We have the treadmill he can go on and it’s very cold water, which helps these things a lot.
‘We have to keep going. We’re working away and we’ll either get lucky or we won’t.’
He added: ‘He was sound as a pound yesterday – you wouldn’t have seen a sounder horse.’
Nico de Boinville celebrates Altior’s victory in the Queen Mother Champions Chase last year
Altior’s potential clash with Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi in the Champion Chase has been billed as one of best races of the festival.
Altior suffered his first career defeat over jumps at Ascot in November, he had bounced back on his return to his favoured two miles in the Game Spirit at Newbury last month.