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Game Spirit is still planning for Altior |  Race news

Altior could try to get back on track during the Game Spirit Chase in Newbury in February.

Coach Nicky Henderson has used the more than two mile sophomore competition as a preparation run for the Cheltenham Festival in the past, with Altior winning the award in 2018 and 2020.

The Seven Barrows manager is hopeful that the two-time Queen Mother Champion Chase winner will show his spark in this race, after being beaten in second place by Nube Negra in Sunday’s Desert Orchid Chase in Kempton.

Altior was on target after this race and Henderson is awaiting the results.

“We’ve spotted him – but he has to go to the lab, and we’ll look at him from there,” he said.

“We scoped it on Christmas Eve, but it was perfectly clean. Our vet has been closed here – so all of our scopes are going to Newmarket, and it’s taking a little while.

“We’ll probably know a little more tomorrow. He was very bright and brilliant in himself this morning anyway – just like Brilliant (second at 1-5 in Kempton’s Christmas Hurdle). She was very fresh.

“They watched Altior over there (Kempton), and there was something there. There was no blood or anything like that. There was probably a significant amount of mucus in there. bottom of the lungs. “

Looking at plans for Altior as he spoke in Newbury on Tuesday, Henderson added, “I would have thought (Game Spirit) is the most likely place he will go.

“I haven’t thought about it yet (Cheltenham entrances and Ryanair). I haven’t put it at Clarence House, because it would come too fast anyway. We just want to talk to him a little.

“He got a little more of a dreamer in his races – it’s a little bit of age and a little bit of this and that. To everyone it seemed like he wanted two and a half miles because he was just fine. finished its run – which was encouraging. “

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