Altior, four-times Cheltenham Festival winner, is retired at age of 11
Altior won 19 consecutive races from 2015 to 2019
Owners retire him while he is still fit and healthy
Altior, one of the most prolific and popular jumps horses of recent decades, will not race again after his owners decided to retire him “while still at his peak, fit, sound and healthy and ready for a new career”, Nicky Henderson, the 11-year-old’s trainer, said on Monday.
Altior ran up an unbeaten sequence of 19 races over both hurdles and fences between October 2015 and April 2019 which included four victories at the Cheltenham Festival: the Supreme Novice Hurdle (2016), the Arkle Trophy (2017) and then wins in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in the following two seasons.