Altior made it Sixteen wins out of Sixteen over obstacles with a pleased victory in the Barren region Orchid Traipse at Kempton on Thursday.
The 1-Eight well-liked modified into never afraid and took the lead underneath Nico de Boinville on the methodology to the 2nd-closing.
Even supposing he modified into slightly scruffy at that fence, he powered away after.
The eight-365 days-pale stays well-liked to withhold his Queen Mother Champion Traipse title at March’s Cheltenham Festival.
The clutch, combined with a 2nd defeat in a row for rival Footpad at Leopardstown earlier in the day, has bolstered the Nicky Henderson-expert horse’s quandary at the tip of the making a bet market for the 2-mile Festival race.
“Every time it gets scary, and after the day gone by after we had a few bloody noses it frightens you, but that modified into precise flawless,” Henderson informed ITV Racing after the 19-measurement clutch.
“Now we’ll be in a position to manufacture the Clarence Dwelling at Ascot [next month] and freshen him up for Cheltenham.”
But Henderson, who admitted he had been tempted to bustle the horse over three miles in Wednesday’s King George VI Traipse, said he may per chance well revisit the conception in future.
“If he comes by this season maintaining his crown then you definately would affirm in regards to the King George subsequent 365 days,” he said. “But it’s miles a huge step from two miles up to three.
“It must be one step at a time. We conception in regards to the King George this 365 days. We would get been wimps, but it absolutely is a pleasure to investigate him doing that and I reflect everyone likes to undercover agent a horse manufacture that.”