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REWIND | Altior’s rise to the top continued in the 2016 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton

Nicky Henderson’s talent cemented his Arkle chances with success at Kempton five years ago

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Altior and Nico De Boinville win at Cheltenham

After two comfortable victories over fences, Altior was sent to Kempton to further establish his dominance in the novice chase division in the 2016/17 National Hunt season.

Nicky Henderson’s star had landed Grade 1 honours three weeks previously, seeing off Charbel by six lengths in the King Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown.

Lining up as the 1/9 favourite in the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase, the then six-year-old tracked the leading pair of Marracudja and Stephanie Frances throughout the opening stages.

Altior pushed into second after the seventh fence and barely got into second gear when taking the lead at three out.

WATCH: ALTIOR LANDS THE WAYWARD LAD NOVICES' CHASE AT KEMPTON FOR NICKY HENDERSON [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The gelding continued to cruise in the home straight, jumping flawlessly and using his pace to clear away from Marracudja and win by an impressive 18 lengths.

Altor would go on to win the Arkle that season, as well as setting a new jumping world record of 19 consecutive wins two years later.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nicky Henderson's talent went on to beat Big Buck's record of 18 consecutive wins in jumps racing

Henderson’s chasing talent is due to line up in the Celebration Chase this weekend, in an attempt to land a fourth successive victory in the contest.

You can check out our previews for both the Celebration Chase and the bet365 Gold Cup on our sister site Cheltenham.co.uk.

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