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Henderson confirms Altior primed for Kempton


Nicky Henderson. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson has confirmed Altior will line up for the Unibet Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton tomorrow.

The Seven Barrows trainer is happy to let the eight-year-old bid to stretch his perfect record over jumps to 16 in the Grade Two contest, having last been seen in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 8 when he got the better of Un De Sceaux.

Henderson said he had contemplated running the Queen Mother Champion Chase hero in the King George, but felt three miles might be a step too soon after a demanding seasonal debut.

"As well as our runners on the first day of Kempton, we'll have plenty on the 27th, including Altior who will definitely take his chance in the Unibet Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton," Henderson said.

"We considered the King George, but that is over three miles and I didn't want to run him over that distance so soon after the Tingle Creek, but two miles and 18 days later is absolutely fine and he has come out of Sandown in great form, so we might as well get him out again."

Clearly you will not be getting rich by backing Altior, but he is impossible to oppose, as he arrives here on the back of 15 consecutive wins, and his every outing should be savoured.

Meanwhile, David Pipe is considering sending Daklondike back to Haydock for a step up in both class and trip in the Peter Marsh Chase after landing Tommy Whittle at the Lancashire track on Saturday.

Pipe said: "He was disappointing at Cheltenham, but he is a bit of a monkey. Being back on soft ground helped him, as did the visor.

"The Eider at Newcastle is definitely in the reckoning, but he could easily go back to Haydock for the Peter Marsh."

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