Altior returned from his long absence in fine style when winning the Betfair Exchange (Game Spirit) Chase at Newbury on Saturday.
The eight-year-old, who had not raced in 287 days before this outing, showed no ill-effects following wind surgery and looked in great shape when racing clear of Politologue following the last.
Nicky Henderson’s charge will now be heavily fancied for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next month.
Henderson said the race had gone perfectly to plan and he's looking forward to what the future now holds for Altior.
He said on ITV Racing: "It was going to be tactical and I didn't know who was going to do what but that was exactly what we wanted.
"He has got so much pace this horse, I was fairly confident if he could get to the second-last upsides on the bridle it would be hard for a horse to go with him from there.
"He has to improve a lot. He's had a nice time. The timing was good, he hasn't had a hard race, he hasn't even had his ground and he's beaten a good horse.
"You'd have to say that was perfection from my point of view."
Article Posted on Saturday 10th February 2018 @ 16.55
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