Daily Express

Henderson plots revenge

- by David Yates

ALTIOR is likely to seek revenge on Cyrname in the Ladbrokes King GeorgeVI Chase after suffering his first defeat over obstacles at Ascot on Saturday.

The Nicky Henderson-trained star two-miler, victorious in his first 19 attempts over hurdles and fences, surrendere­d his unbeaten record to Cyrname as he stepped up to two miles and five furlongs for the Christy 1965 Chase.

But the Seven Barrows trainer, satisfied that stamina was not to blame for the reverse, will stick to his plan of preparing Altior, left, for the three-mile highlight of Kempton’s Boxing Day card after talks with the nine-yearold’s owner Patricia Pugh.

“The one thing you certainly can’t say is that he didn’t stay, and Kempton is the most likely next stop,” Henderson said yesterday.

“I don’t think he travelled like he normally does – I could even just see little warning signals in Swinley Bottom.You want to be swinging on his tail, running away, and he wasn’t.”

And Henderson has not given up hope of turning the tables on Altior’s two-and-a-quarterlen­gth conqueror at Christmas.

“The best horse won on the day, and we are taking nothing away from him,” he added.

“But he was the fittest horse on the day – he’s been galloping round racecourse­s since May, I think!”

Paul Nicholls reported Cyrname to be “100 per cent” and on course for the rematch, which may also feature stablemate Clan Des Obeaux and Colin Tizzard’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hopeful Lostintran­slation, impressive winner of the Betfair Chase at Kempton on Saturday.

Betting: 9-4 Cyrname, 3 Lostintran­slation, 5 Clan Des Obeaux, 8 Altior, 12 bar

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