Altior wins his second Queen Mother Champion Chase
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The much-anticipated clash between Altior and Cyrname is very much dependent on Sandown Park receiving rain, trainer Paul Nicholls has stated.

The Ditcheat maestro is keen to test his much-improved chaser Cyrname against the dual Champion Chaser, in the Celebration Chase, on April 27th.

However, conditions need to suit the bold front-runner – and that means the Esher track receiving sufficient rainfall, following a dry spell.

Nicholls said:

“Cyrname is fine. He hasn’t run since he won at Ascot, but he looks great now,” he said. “He was just a little bit flat a week or so ago but that’s just him and he’s back in full cry again now.

“The only option we have got is Sandown and that would be if the ground was right. We would like to see it slow, if it’s fast there’s no way he’ll run again.

“We would look after him and look forward to him next season because the King George is his aim and we will work back from that. If we could go to Sandown, if the ground is soft enough, it would be interesting.

“It’s a bit of a disadvantage for us going back to two miles because we would like to go a little bit further, hence I’d love to run him if the ground was testing.

“He really is a two-mile-five-furlong/two-mile-six-furlong horse, who will get three miles.”