Altior will face six opponents in their bid to win the bet365 Celebration Chase for the fourth time at Sandown on Saturday.
Nicky Henderson’s Queen Mother Chase Champion double hero took the award in 2017, 2018 and 2019, but was denied a four-stroke 12 months ago as the race was canceled due to the pandemic.
Altior just had all three races since that success two years ago and was beaten on his last outing at Kempton in December by Black Cloud.
He missed the Champion Hunt at Cheltenham last month with a setback, where the latter, coached by Dan Skelton, was runner-up in Put The Kettle On coached by Henry of Bromhead.
Black Cloud is heading to Punchestown instead of Sandown, but Put The Kettle on takes a chance, with the lineup completed by Dolos, Greanateen, Ornua and Sceau Royal.
Frodon, coached by Paul Nicholls, leads a field of four for the Oaksey Chase at bet365.
The winner of this season’s Hunt for King George VI returns from the road after finishing fifth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Facing him are Mister Fisher, Born Survivor and Militarian. Tiger Roll, the two-time Grand National winner, was one of three horses withdrawn in the final 48-hour declaration stage.
The Young Master, winner of the 2016 bet365 Gold Cup, is one of 16 horses declared for the prestigious handicap chase over a three-and-a-half mile stretch. Coach Neil Mulholland also runs Doing Fine while the weights are led by Caroline Bailey’s Crosspark.
Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo will face up to 10 opponents when he tries to stay in Punchestown on Wednesday.
Henry de Bromhead’s tenure led to his housemate A Plus Tard winning the blue band at Prestbury Park last month with Jack Kennedy, who will once again be on board at the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup next week.
British hopes will be carried by Paul Nicholls’ Clan Des Obeaux, which missed Sandown after being supplemented on Thursday morning at a cost of 25,000 euros.
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