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Record-equalling win for Altior

13th March 2019, 16:15 by Craig Smithson

Altior battled to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival to seal a record-equalling 18th successive victory.

Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old was always in a good position throughout the two-mile contest, despite making an early mistake at the water jump.

However, once jockey Nico De Boinville guided Altior past pacesetter Saint Calvados he still had to push him on to edge out runner-up Politologue by one-and-three-quarter lengths with Sceau Royal coming home in third.

It moved Altior level with Winx on 18 successive wins, while Henderson enjoyed a 63rd Festival victory at Prestbury Park.

Henderson said: "I was forgetting it was his 18th straight win. I was thinking about Winx and I thought that's totally irrelevant, 18.

"The whole team is what it's all about. They have been brilliant.

"He's a better horse on better ground, we've always said that, and he did get headed.

"But he very quickly found all that was needed. He's hugely talented, but very brave as well."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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