Nicky Henderson’s gelding added to his immaculate run of form over the weekend.
Going off at odds of 1/10 in a field of three on Saturday, Altior recorded his 17th straight win over jumps by coasting to victory in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
Nicky Henderson’s star needs just one more win to equal the massive record of 18 consecutive jumps wins set by Big Buck’s. As a result, William Hill has priced up the possible numbers Altior could reach.
At 11/10, breaking the record and remaining unbeaten in 19 or more starts over hurdles and fences is a relatively short price considering the feat. In the improbable event that the nine-year-old manages to record 23 or more wins, the odds are 20/1. The long shot of 26 or more is priced at a hefty 100/1.
Some observers were left concerned by Altior’s performance, jumping to the left several times which many felt could indicate a problem. However, trainer Henderson was quick to quell such rumours after the race, as was jubilant jockey Nico de Boinville.
Unlikely to race again until the Cheltenham Festival, Altior may have to win the Champion Chase to equal the record set by Big Buck’s. He’s currently favourite for that race at 4/7.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “Altior did what was needed at Ascot but it was by no means one of his more impressive wins in this near record breaking streak.
“Punters eyeing up the bigger priced selections best remember that he could well be stepping up in trip next year in what looks tougher company.”