Nicky Henderson has verified after chalking up a sequence of 19 wins over shorter distances, this year wills attempt three miles.
The nine-year-old has dominated the two-mile division in attempts – but links are ready to tackle a trip with their charge, whose winning streak comprises 14 starts over fences.
The King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day is your obvious objective in the fist half of the season.
In a steady tour on attheraces.com, Henderson said:Well what more could you say about him he has done everything and keeps doing it. The question is what we find out whether three kilometers is within his reach and do.
If we start back in the Tingle Creek it wouldnt necessarily be the easiest way to the King George. I am not keen on the Betfair Chase along with also the very best option might be the Ascot Chase.
Everything has gone smoothly for Altior and now we recauterised his palate this summer which was purely precautionary as he had not had it done for two years. Nico (de Boinville) is determined he wants another half a mile so lets figure out
Henderson is hoping the 2017 King George winner has his hands crossed the issues of Might Bite are behind him and Gold Cup instant may have a run.
It just did not occur for him last season for any reason, he said.
We have done what we could with him taken each nut and bolt off and awarded him a more thorough MOT and also we all just need to hope we can perform a Sprinter Sacre along with him.
He has come back from his summer break exceptionally well and then we might give him a confidence booster at a hurdle race before going back
Santini is another potential Gold Cup competition for its Henderson team.
Hed dreadful preparation before Cheltenham with a foot problem and despite this ran a blinder to be beaten just half a period by Topofthegame in the RSA, he said.
We put him away after that and we think this season may be very exciting for him personally. Hes a young horse with huge potential, and were hoping he can develop to a Gold Cup horse.
Henderson is planning a comfortable route for Buveur DAir using a third Champion Hurdle success the target.
He will start from the Fighting Fifth barrier at Newcastle that he has won for the previous two years, he said.
He regrettably could not acquire a third Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham when falling at the third but when you hurdle like he does the margin for error is very small.
He didnt have a poor season as he went on to win against the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and hes come back from his summer break appearing fantastic.
Triumph Hurdle hero Pentland Hills is to.
He didnt observe the racecourse to us until February but obtained very comfortably at Plumpton in a race we had used for First Bout, he explained.
It was a brave move to opt for the JCB (Triumph) but it paid off and he won well, and he followed up in Aintree.
We will see just how far he can go over hurdles and the International at Cheltenham are a target, but he might have a jog on the Flat ahead
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