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Altior wins the Queen Mother Champion Chase!

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Champion Chase preview

How healthy is Altior? He was on box rest for a month after a breathing operation in November and then was found to be lame on Monday. All now seems well and perhaps he really is ready to sustain his unbeaten record over obstacles, which now extends to 12 consecutive wins. This surface will be at least as testing as anything he’s met before, another source of doubt. Douvan lost his unbeaten record over fences when he cracked a pelvis in this race last year. After a troubled winter, which at one point he was going to miss in its entirety, he is back to see if he can dethrone the favourite. Ruby Walsh’s decision to ride him rather than Min (10-3) surely has something to do with sentiment; Min, an impressive winner last time, has much the more obvious chance. God’s Own could go well at big odds, considering how well his stablemates ran yesterday. Special Tiara won this last year but has not generally been as happy on soft going. Politologue was held by Altior last time but had won his previous three and might be there to pick up the pieces if the favourite ran below par.













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Bleu Berry wins the Coral Cup!

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Ruby Walsh stood down amid broken leg fears

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One hour until the long-awaited battle between Altior and Douvan, but before that it’s the Coral Cup:

Here’s the trickiest handicap of the week so far, a 27-runner affair with nothing shorter than 7-1 as I type. Max Dynamite is to the fore in the betting, which is only fair for a horse who has twice been placed in the Melbourne Cup. He was very useful over hurdles in 2015 but hasn’t done much jumping since and this is asking a lot. William Henry powered home in the Lanzarote and that form has worked out really well. He has ‘boy wonder’ James Bowen to help him. River Frost was pulled up as if something was amiss that day but would have a chance if the in-form Alan King has him back on song. River Frost’s owner, JP McManus, perhaps has a better chance with The Organist (25-1), who showed herself to be a strong stayer in testing conditions when scoring at Newbury in December. Mount Mews, well held by Black Corton last time, switches back to hurdles and could stay on dourly on a surface he handles well.





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Presenting Percy wins the RSA Chase!

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