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Altior equals world record in Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival

• Hot favourite equals record of consecutive jump race wins
• Winner not at best after mistake at water jump

Altior gave his supporters a couple of frights but eventually proved to be the certainty he was supposed to be and won his second Queen Mother Champion Chase, the feature race on day two at the Cheltenham Festival. His unbeaten record in jump races now extends to 18 races, matching the world record set by Big Buck’s.

“He’s an absolute warrior,” said his jockey, Nico De Boinville, winning his first race of the week. “I thought they were just coming to me at the last there. This ground wasn’t ideal for him, it was really holding and he found it hard work. What an absolute monster and aren’t we lucky to be in an age where he’s here?”

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