Altior ‘extremely unlikely’ to race in King George VI Chase at Kempton Park
Trainer Nicky Henderson says Exceptionally rated Altior is”extremely unlikely” to race at the King George VI Chase, the Boxing Day showpiece in Kempton Park.
Following 19 wins, the nine-year-old dropped to Cyrname over two miles five furlongs at Ascot last month.
Henderson agreed three miles at Kempton and talked with jockey Nico de Boinville and proprietor Pat Pugh was an issue.
“He isn’t outside, but it’s unlikely. Nothing is sure in rushing,” he explained.
The coach had hoped to find an improvement in the horse, that had won the Queen Mother Champion Chase of two miles that were around to get the past two decades, during a training exercise.
“It was not as if he didn’t do the job well – it was very satisfactory since he worked with two very good horses. Nico just said he felt a little bit flat and that he did not have his normal mojo,” Henderson added.
“He had a very hard race and was quite tired after the race in Ascot. We don’t want to put him into another fierce struggle because what might be undone by us – that the King George is unlikely.
“What we do next, I do not know. The King George is the one we really wanted to go for and I am gutted about it.”