Altior aimed at Newbury

Altior’s next assignment is likely to be the Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury next month.

Nicky Henderson’s charge had been expected to contest the Matchbook Clarence House Chase on Saturday at Ascot but the trainer has now confirmed Altior won’t be involved in the Grade One race.

The 10-year-old has only been seen once this season as he suffered a first defeat over fences at Ascot in November.

“I’ve spoken to [Ascot clerk of the course] Chris Stickels and [owner] Pat Pugh and in view of the forecast, we haven’t confirmed him [for the Matchbook Clarence House Chase],” said Henderson, as reported by Sky Sports.

“We’ll keep everything up our sleeve option-wise, but I think he will run in the Game Spirit whatever happens – he’s run in that before when it was soft and won, and it was soft the year he beat Politologue [2018]. That’s the objective.”

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