Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Nico de Boinville
Grade 1s 5 (chase)
Hurdling and Chasing superstar Altior is set to be unleashed for another season under Nicky Henderson and even on his seasonal reappearance he will go off odds on. His record speaks to himself being unbeaten in all 14 races over hurdles and fences and with every new talent or threat he has been up against he has gone on to do his normal job and win the race.
He is one of the greatest chasers around in his division and there was a thought that he would be stepped up in trip this year to compete in races like the King George and the Gold Cup.
This race will tell if he is still the speedy two miler we all know and love and this race will also show if he is still the same horse this season as he was last season and if he is, a defence of the Queen Mother Champion Chase will be the road to go.
(Credit Cheltenham Racecourse and Racing UK)