Cheltenham Festival 2019: Nicky Henderson stars given a racecourse gallop at Kempton

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NICKY HENDERSON sent a star-studded team to Kempton for a racecourse gallop on Tuesday.

The champion trainer’s Cheltenham Festival-bound squad stretched their legs on the all-weather course.

Altior was one of a number of horses to gallop at Kempton
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Among them was reigning champion chaser Altior, who stretched clear of River Wylde and Theinval in his gallop.

2017 King George winner Might Bite, Ballymore favourite Champ and multiple Grade winner Top Notch completed a circuit of the track together.

Ok Corral – favourite for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham – was joined in his workout by Call Me Lord and Apple’s Shakira.

Henderson told The Jockey Club: “I think that was good – I’m delighted, to be fair.


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“As long as they all finish together and nobody has dropped out (I’m happy).

“They all finished together, although not surprisingly Altior did finish a fair bit ahead of his two (galloping companions). You’d be expecting that.

“Barney (Clifford, clerk of the course at Kempton) is great, and I’m very appreciative.

“This is something we’ve done every year – it’s worked in the past – and it’s just a nice little away-day for them.


“It was nothing dramatic, but it was a good gallop over two miles.

“I think they’ve all come through it well. Nothing has worked badly – which is the first important thing.

“Some needed it a bit more than others, but overall everyone was very happy -and it all went quite like clockwork.”

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