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KEMPTON SPECIALISTS | Altior

Nicky Henderson’s Altior has experienced plenty of success at Kempton during his career

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Altior and Nico De Boinville win at Cheltenham

In a sparkling career including a record 19-race winning streak, Altior is one of the modern greats in the two-mile chasing division.

Nicky Henderson’s star holds a glistening CV, including 10 Group 1 successes and four Cheltenham Festival victories.

Nicky Henderson Trainer
Altior has been the standout performer in the two-mile chasing scene for several years under Nicky Henderson

The gelding has made five starts at Kempton throughout his career and he burst onto the scene with his first race at the Surrey course back on Boxing Day in 2015.

Altior threw down his Supreme claims in the two-mile novices’ hurdle, powering clear of his rivals after the second to last obstacle to win by an impressive 13 lengths.

He was transitioned to fences the following season and made comfortable work on his chasing debut at Kempton, dismantling his only opponent by an incredible 63 lengths.

The returned to the course at Christmas, producing a flawless display to win the Desert Orchid Chase.

WATCH: ALTIOR WINS THE 2018 DESERT ORCHID CHASE FOR NICKY HENDERSON: [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Henderson’s talent showcased his ability in style in Surrey, cruising throughout to claim an 18-length success to enhance his Arkle credentials.

Altior returned to Kempton two years later, landing his second Desert Orchid Chase in comfortable fashion in 2019.

Altior Kempton
2EDK0C0 Horse Racing – Cheltenham Festival – Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain – March 13, 2019 Altior ridden by Nico de Boinville in action before winning the 3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase ahead of Sceau Royal ridden by Daryl Jacob Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

He produced a minimal amount of effort throughout, showing his class as he thundered home to register a 19-length victory.

His last outing at the course came in December 2020, when he was surprisingly beaten by Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra when aiming for a third success in the Desert Orchid Chase.

Altior will go down as a racing legend when he is retired and his record at Kempton makes him a course specialist without a doubt.

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