Altior retires as four-time Cheltenham winner’s "amazing career" ends

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Irish-bred British-trained Thoroughbred Altior has been retired after a glittering career that included 19 consecutive victories and triumphs across 11 major races.

Bred in Ireland by Paddy Behan, Altior was born back in 2010 and auctioned three-years later at the Goffs National Hunt sale.

Bought for €60,000 by Highflyer Bloodstock, Altior later entered the ownership of Patricia Pugh before being trained by Nicky Henderson.

Notably back in 2019, Altior equalled the world record of consecutive jump race wins with a second victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, going on to break that record at the Celebration Chase at Sandown at the age of nine.

Unibet ambassador Henderson said: "We are all sad to have to say that Altior is going into honorary retirement after what has been a fantastic innings which was obviously highlighted by his 19 consecutive victories.

"His owners, Christopher and Pat Pugh feel that now he is eleven, turning twelve, they would like him to retire while still at his peak, fit, sound and healthy and ready for a new career.

"It has been a fantastic journey since Minty (David Minton) and I bought him and the Land Rover Sale as a three year old by the late High Chaparral."

"He won a bumper at Market Rasen on his debut as a four-year-old, and in his second season we had a couple of issues which meant keeping him to Bumpers for another year and amazingly he managed to get beaten in the Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown, but it was Bellshill who won so there was no disgrace in that and he remained a novice for the following season which saw the beginning of that tremendous run of success."

Owners Patricia and Christoper Pugh added: “Altior is a once in a generation horse and Chris and I are so fortunate to have been a part of his life since 2013.

"We thank the brilliant team at Seven Barrows, the genius Nicky Henderson and of course all the wonderful race goers who have supported Altior throughout his career.

"We could not wish for a better place for Altior’s retirement than a home with Mick and Chloe Fitzgerald.”

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