Altior 'unlikely' to run in King George VI
Trainer Nicky Henderson admits Altior is "extremely unlikely" to run in the Ladbrokes King George VI this month.
Henderson watched his charge come up short for the first time in 20 races last time out at Ascot after losing his battle with Cyrname.
It was his first trip after being stepped up in distance and Henderson was hoping to build some momentum ahead of the Ladbrokes King George VI on Boxing Day.
However, he opted to take a step back and admitted the nine-year-old would be put to the test during a make-or-break training session.
The trainer and jockey Nico de Boinville took Altior out on Saturday and Henderson admits they weren't satisfied.
Henderson said: "I've been very happy with him since Ascot, (but) he was very, very tired at the end of that race. It was horrible ground and I sort of got the feeling he was never travelling like he should do.
"I've been happy with him at home, but the whole thing was hinging on Nico riding him in a piece of work – and I have to say this morning he thought he was a bit flat.
"He didn't work badly at all. All we want to do is clear the air as far as the King George is concerned. We've got another 12 days to go, but I want to say today that it is extremely unlikely that he will run."
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