Altior is one of the greatest ever National Hunt horses. Trained by Nicky Henderson, Altior has won 21 of his 24 races under rules – an impeccable achievement to say the least.
He announced himself to the horse racing world with a bumper victory at Market Rasen in May 2014 and he has since gone on to dominate the two-mile chasing division.
In fact, Altior is arguably the best two-mile chaser of all-time. Only the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Master Minded rivalling the four-time Cheltenham Festival winner.
Here, we look at a legend of the horse racing betting game. Let’s hope Altior can get back to his brilliant best in 2021 as he bids to claim his third Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Altior Career Record
|Date||Course||Position||Win Distance (Rival)||Odds|
|May 14||Market Rasen||1/7||by 14L (Double W's)||4/6|
|Feb 15||Newbury||3/11||btn 3.25L (Barters Hill)||13/8|
|Apr 15||Punchestown||6/13||btn 8L (Bellshill)||14/1|
|Oct 15||Chepstow||1/10||by 34L (Murray Mount)||5/6|
|Oct 15||Ascot||1/9||by 1.25L (Ch'tibello)||4/5|
|Nov 15||Cheltenham||1/5||by 0.5L (Maputo)||2/1|
|Dec 15||Kempton||1/10||by 13L (Open Eagle)||11/8|
|Mar 16||Cheltenham||1/14||by 7L (Min)||4/1|
|Nov 16||Kempton||1/2||by 63L (Black Corton)||2/13|
|Dec 16||Sandown||1/4||by 6L (Charbel)||2/7|
|Dec 16||Kempton||1/4||by 18L (Marracudja)||1/9|
|Feb 17||Newbury||1/4||by 13L (Fox Norton)||3/10|
|Mar 17||Cheltenham||1/9||by 6L (Cloudy Dream)||1/4|
|Apr 17||Sandown||1/4||by 8L (Special Tiara)||3/10|
|Feb 18||Newbury||1/3||by 4L (Politologue)||1/3|
|Mar 18||Cheltenham||1/9||by 7L (Min)||EVS|
|Apr 18||Sandown||1/6||by 3.25L (San Benedeto)||2/11|
|Dec 18||Sandown||1/4||by 4L (Un De Sceaux)||8/13|
|Dec 18||Kempton||1/5||by 19L (Diego Du Charmil)||1/8|
|Jan 19||Ascot||1/3||by 7L (Fox Norton)||1/10|
|Mar 19||Cheltenham||1/9||by 1.75L (Politologue)||4/11|
|Apr 19||Sandown||1/5||by 2.5L (Sceau Royal)||1/6|
|Nov 19||Ascot||2/3||btn 2.25L (Cyrname)||1/3|
|Feb 20||Newbury||1/6||by 3.25L (Sceau Royal)||1/3|
*Races marked in bold took place at the Cheltenham Festival.
Altior has been a fantastic champion and ambassador for the sport - he has attracted new fans to racing and neutrals will be hoping that he can get back to his best for a shot at the 2021 Champion Chase.
How Much Is Altior Worth?
Altior was auctioned at the Goffs National Hunt sale in June 2013 and was bought for €60,000 by Highflyer Bloodstock.
He then entered the ownership of Patricia Pugh and was sent into training with Nicky Henderson.
Altior Prize Money:
As of November 2020, Altior has won an incredible £1,260,484 in prize money throughout his racing career. The vast majority (£1,149,906) has been won over fences, where Altior has earned a best overall rating of 175.
Where Is Altior Trained?
Altior is in training with Nicky Henderson at his Seven Barrows stable in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire.
Henderson is widely regarded as one of the top National Hunt horse racing trainers and Altior is the diamond of his illustrious stable yard.
Who Is Altior’s Jockey?
Four jockeys have been lucky enough to ride Altior during his career but Nico de Boinville is his regular jockey.
De Boinville has ridden Altior in each of his last 13 runs and Altior’s prize money and success have helped considerably boost his jockey salary.
Who Owns Altior?
Mrs Patricia Pugh. According to statistics relating to the 2019/20 National Hunt season, she owns just two horses in training – Pym and Altior. Both of Pugh’s horses are trained by Nicky Henderson.
When Is Altior Running Next?
Nicky Henderson has confirmed that Altior is likely to start off in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park in December. Altior won the race in 2018, beating the Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux by four lengths.
At the time of writing, Altior is a 7/2 chance here at 888sport to win the Tingle Creek though he faces competition from the likes of Defi Du Seuil, Politologue and Chacun Pour Soi.
Will Altior Run At Cheltenham?
All being well, Altior will line up in the 2021 Queen Mother Champion Chase. If successful, Altior will become the first 11-year-old to win the race since Moscow Flyer in 2005.
Altior will be very hot in Cheltenham Festival ante post picks and the Nicky Henderson horse could go off favourite at Prestbury Park in March.
Follow the latest Nicky Henderson stable tour news for updates regarding Altior’s health and big race plans.
Which Horse Beat Altior?
Cyrname. Altior had a perfect record over fences prior to his defeat to Cyrname at Ascot back in November 2019.
Stepping up in trip to 2m5f for the first time in his career, Altior gave an excellent account against the highest rated horse in training but ultimately fell short. Back at two miles, Altior can regain his crown as king of the chasing division.
How Many Races Has Altior Won?
Altior has won 21 of his 24 National Hunt races under rules. Here is the breakdown:
- National Hunt Flat – 136
- Hurdle – 11111
- Chase – 1111111111111121
Is Altior The Best Horse Of All-Time?
The best racehorse ever debate rages on – it is almost impossible to compare jumps horses over different distances.
Historically, the likes of Red Rum and Arkle are in the conversation but you can make a viable argument for the likes of Sprinter Sacre, Kauto Star and Altior himself.
Altior has dominated the two-mile division since breaking onto the scene as a novice hurdler and that puts him a unique position.
If he can come back and win the Queen Mother Champion Chase aged 11, Altior will go down as one of the best horses ever to step onto a racecourse.
*Credit for the main photo belongs to Mark Humphrey / AP Photo*
FIRST PUBLISHED: 5th November 2020