Cheltenham Update - Just 1 week to go! Altior ready

Nicky Henderson is very pleased with the well-being of his stable star Altior as last year’s Arkle Trophy winner bids for another win at Cheltenham Festival, this time in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Henderson’s star two-miler made a belated comeback last month with a win against the Tingle Creek champion Politologue at Newbury.

With a best price of 8/11 available with most bookmakers for Altior to land the odds the only conceivable danger to him being a certain Cheltenham banker is the dreaded “bounce-factor”.

Under the radar

Harry Fry is happy for Unowhatimeanharry to be flying under the radar heading into the Festival.

The 10-year-old was the strong favourite to win the Stayers’ Hurdle twelve months ago, but he was pipped at the post by Nichols Canyon.

The gelding has struggled to reproduce his form of last season during his last two starts, finishing behind Beer Goggles and Sam Spinner respectively, but Fry believes it could be a good thing for him to head to the Festival as a slightly forgotten horse.

Unowhatimeanharry is a general 12/1 to score in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

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