The BHA to examine Altior after issuing reminder on non-runner rules to trainer Nicky Henderson following Kempton withdrawal
The BHA have announced they are sending a vet to examine Altior on Thursday at the stable of his trainer Nicky Henderson, extending the fall-out of his withdrawal from Saturday’s Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton.
Henderson announced on Tuesday that Altior would not run as he was not happy with the horse. But Altior has not physically been scratched from the race.
That means he could theoretically still run and he remains in the ante-post betting lists of some bookmakers.
Horse racing’s regulatory authority have spoken to Nicky Henderson about Kempton situation
The BHA statement read: ‘The BHA can confirm that Altior continues to hold his entry for the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton on Saturday.
‘As a result of this, the BHA has, in the first instance, spoken with Mr Henderson and reminded of his obligation under the rules to immediately scratch a horse if at any time between closing and the deadline for declarations, the trainer becomes aware that the horse is not going to run.
‘The BHA has also arranged for a BHA veterinary surgeon to examine the horse tomorrow.
‘In the interests of fairness and transparency for racing fans and the betting public, it is for Mr Henderson to clarify his plans publicly as soon as he can.’
Trainers can be fined up to £2,000 if they do not officially scratch entered horses when they become non-runners.