Harry Whittington must go to bed every night dreaming about beating Altior.
Unbeaten in his last fourteen races, the Nicky Henderson charge stands alone as a beast without a rival, blowing away all who dare stand before him.
One horse with chance to end that winning run, however, is Saint Calvados. The Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown will give the talented five-year-old a crack at the most famous horse in Britain, and trainer Whittington thinks he has a shot at running Altior close.
Speaking to Sporting Life, Whittington said:
We are happy with our lad and he looks a million dollars. He’s fit and well. Obviously he has got to improve, but he is only a five-year-old. He is developing all the time physically and he is ready for the challenge and what a challenge it is!
I hope he can turn up, run his race and continue to improve because he is young and progressive. Hopefully we are good enough to give the great horse [Altior] a race,
Saint Calvados kicked his season off in November at Naas with victory in the Grade Three Poplar Square Chase, as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing performance in the Arkle at Cheltenham.
At time of writing, Saint Calvados was a 5/1 shot to win the Tingle Creek Chase, making him fourth-favourite.