Altior will face up to nine competitors for his 2019-20 season debut.

The eight-year-old might be the most feared horse in racing at the moment, having won fourteen races in a row – a run stretching back to October of 2015.

As part of that run, Altior has won three consecutive races at Cheltenham, namely the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Arkle Challenge Trophy, and the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Nicky Henderson’s star performer is to take to the course for the first time this year in Saturday’s Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.

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An inspired choice by Henderson, given Altior’s victory in the last two Celebration Chases at the Surrey course.

The Wiltshire-based trainer is quoted as saying:

So far he has been frighteningly good, but it’s never going to be easy – it’s going to be a tough race.

In the race, Altior can expect competition from Sceau Royal and Saint Calvados, in addition to the talented Willie Mullins product Un De Sceaux.

Great Field, Min, Gods Own, Special Tiara, Speredek, and Ginos Trail make up the rest of the field, any of which would do well to knock the mighty Altior off his perch.