THE QUEEN MOTHER CHASE MIGHT MISS THE PRESENCE OF ALTIOR AS A RESULT OF LAMENESS
Altior is said to have suffered a fitness scare which might work against his expected performance for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
The eight-year-old star Altior, who is a major contender for the two-mile championship, has been discovered to be lame in the leg. Nicky Henderson, Altior’s trainer, has said he would soon be definite as to if Altior would run at Cheltenham or not. He announced on his Twitter page that Altior was found lame in the morning around his near-fore leg region and some pus was located in his foot too.
Reports confirmed that Altior was able to exercise this morning in the water treadmill of which has become a routine for him. Vets are said to be doing all they can to make sure he is available for the race for Wednesday. Henderson has assured the fans that they would be kept abreast on the latest development on Altior’s progress.
He is said to be unbeaten in seven starts over the fence, and he is set to battle his Irish counterpart, Douvan on the second day of the Cheltenham festival. His ace missed a large part of the season as a result of the wind surgery he underwent in November. He, however, made an astonishing return when he participated in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury a month ago. The six-year-old Mullins-trained mare ended up being the fourth in the Champion Hurdle last year. They boasted Douvan’s ability to manoeuvre his way on soft grounds and sees the weather condition as a plus to him.
Mullins said,” The rain, I think, is in his favor. He is in good form now and has had adequate preparation even though there are still chances for improvement.”