Fanatics of leap racing can start to relish the possibility of a big-name conflict at the beginning of the core season, as Altior has been dedicated to taking over Cyrname at Ascot this fall. The scoop was once introduced via Nicky Henderson at the eve of his annual homeowners’ day and the instructor went as far as to indicate no less than the potential for a Gold Cup tilt via his superstar horse, who’s unbeaten in 19 runs over hindrances however hasn’t ever raced past two and 1 / 4 miles.
“After various enter from everybody, we now have determined that we’re going to pass down the King George path,” Henderson introduced in his Unibet weblog on Saturday. “Subsequently the most obvious race to begin in is the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot on 23 November.”
That implies Altior will after all take at the upstart Cyrname, who shot to prominence with a few runaway wins at Ascot early within the 12 months. In line with the legitimate handicapper, Cyrname is the easier horse via 1lb, even though fanatics of Altior might be unwilling to just accept that with out visible evidence and will level to his spotless report during the last 4 years.
The pair had been because of meet at Sandown in April till Cyrname’s connections determined the bottom was once too fast for him. Henderson gave the impression cool in regards to the thought of a gathering at Ascot when requested about it 3 weeks in the past however he and Altior’s proprietor, Patricia Pugh, have now determined it’s “the one and evident street”.
Henderson added that he were taking into account taking Altior to Huntingdon for the Peterborough Chase however that race is lower than 3 weeks earlier than the King George. “The timing for the Ascot race is perfect,” he stated. “Whilst not anything is about in stone, this is very a lot our purpose nowadays.
“Clearly, we’re forfeiting the Tingle Creek however he’s going to get crushed sooner or later, so we need to pass down any other street.
“If it doesn’t determine, we will at all times return to the Recreation Spirit, Champion Chase and do all of that once more, however with a bit of luck we received’t must.
“Assuming we get to the King George in a single piece and win, then I assume the Gold Cup questions will get started being requested, however till we get to Kempton on Boxing Day we merely can not resolution the rest earlier than then.”
The Ayr Gold Cup was once received via Angel Alexander, part-owned via Michael Owen and educated via Tom Dascombe on the ex-footballer’s solid in Cheshire. A raucous tweet from Owen confirmed what victory within the £200,000 dash handicap intended. His 28-1 shot was once drawn in opposition to the supposedly unfavoured stands’ rail and maximum runners switched to the a ways facet from an early degree.
“He’s at all times promised to land us a pleasing one,” stated the profitable jockey, Richard Kingscote. “He’s proven his true colors nowadays.”