Ex­eter among four meet­ings set to go ahead

Western Daily Press - - Sport Starts Here - KEITH HAMER Horse Rac­ing writer


AL­TIOR will face just three ri­vals as he bids to con­tinue his quite re­mark­able win­ning streak in what prom­ises to be a fas­ci­nat­ing af­fair for the Bet­fair Tin­gle Creek Chase at Sandown to­mor­row.

Nicky Hen­der­son’s top­class per­former has won all of his nine starts over fences and his last 14 races in all.

Last term’s Queen Mother Cham­pion Chase hero signed off that cam­paign by lift­ing the Cel­e­bra­tion Chase for the sec­ond year run­ning at Sandown in April, but has not been gifted an easy task on his re­turn to ac­tion.

Head­ing the tal­ented trio that take him on is Ir­ish raider Un De Sceaux, win­ner of this cov­eted prize in 2016.

Wil­lie Mullins’ trail­blazer has been suc­cess­ful nine times at the top level, the lat­est com­ing in the BoyleS­ports Cham­pion Chase at Punches- town in April, when he low­ered the colours of his top sta­ble­mate Dou­van.

Harry Whit­ting­ton’s Saint Cal­va­dos likes to make the run­ning and he is fresh from an all-the-way win at Naas.

Alan King is pitch­ing in Sceau Royal fol­low­ing his vic­tory in the Shloer Chase at Chel­tenham last month on his first start since Jan­uary.

The spon­sors make Al­tior the 8-11 favourite with Un De Sceaux at 9-2. Sceau Royal is 5-1 and Saint Cal­va­dos 6-1.

Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Im­ages

Al­tior heads the field for the Tin­gle Creek Chase at Sandown

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