Politilogue owner John Hales has been speaking of the upcoming contest between his horse and the imperious Altior this weekend in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury.
Altior is expected to run, despite being undefeated Hales isn’t ruling out his own mare:
He’s been electric this year and I’m looking forward to it,
It’s nice to see Altior is going to run. It will be a good contest and that’s what it’s all about.
Politilogue is unbeaten over fences over distances exceeding two miles, with one excpetion at Aintree where the 7-year-old fell.
The Paul Nicholls-trained horse will be hoping for a positive result in the Game Spirit Chase, largely due to its standing as a de facto stepping stone to the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham next month.
Altior and Politologue are set to go off favourite and second-favourite respectively, but Hales isn’t conceding defeat just yet:
His jumping is his biggest asset. He’s very quick and very accurate. I call him a coat-of-paint job because he leaves no gap between himself and the fence – there’s no air.
That’s a trait of all the best two-milers, looking back at them.