Altior set for Novice Chase campaign

Last season's sensational Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner is the new Arkle favourite.

Altior set for Novice Chase campaign

ALTIOR may be the third favourite in most lists for the Champion Hurdle in March but trainer Nicky Henderson has revealed that last season’s brilliant Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner will instead go novice chasing this season, with the Arkle Chase his main target.

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The six-year-old is unbeaten in five starts over hurdles but, after reportedly growing considerably over the summer, connections have decided that now is the ideal time to switch codes.

Altior is now no bigger than 4/1 to land the Racing Post-sponsored Arkle Chase on Tuesday March 14, and is as short as 3/1 in places, but the two-mile novice chase division could be a red-hot one this season with the likes of Min and Yorkhill also set to go that route.