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Altior The Star As Sizzling Jumps Season Comes To A Close With Saturday Sandown Finale

Thursday 25th April 2019
Altior Is The Star Attraction At Sandown On Saturday In The Celebration Chase
Altior Is The Star Attraction At Sandown On Saturday In The Celebration Chase

This weekend is a bitter sweet one for fans of the jumps in the UK as another thrilling season comes to an end.

The final day of the season at Sandown should however provide punters with one last day of excellent sport before the summer fare kicks in and that includes the Celebration Chase odds. The Grade 1 contest is one of the highlights of the day at the Esher track as some of the best in the business have one last chance to pick up a big race win before being put out in the field for their holidays.

All eyes will be on the great Altior who will be bidding to pick up yet another Grade 1 success in a race he won last year and in truth it is hard to see past the Nicky Henderson superstar.

The good ground has scuppered any chance of Cyrname taking on the Champion Chaser which means that the 9-year-old is set to start as a red hot favourite following his win at the Chetenham Festival last time out. Unbeaten over obstacles, Altior is starting to earn a reputation as the best horse in a generation and with designs on stepping up in trip next winter, this could be one of the final times we see the horse over the minimum trip.

Nicky Henderson will be keen to see his star animal pick up another big race win and with only five horses declared to take him on, it could be a straightforward task.

Sceau Royal looks likely to be the only potential danger for Altior with the Alan King horse a consistent performer at the highest level.

The 7-year-old ran a huge race in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham when finishing 3rd, behind Altior, and with the ground set to be in his favour, it is hard to see past the eleven-time winner as the main threat to the jolly.

God's Own has been an excellent horse as his record confirms but recent runs suggest he has lost his zest for racing and at 11 it is hard to see the Tom George trained chaser featuring highly at this level anymore.

Diego Du Charmil has bits and pieces of form but has consistently been well beaten by Altior over the past year, including in this race last year when 5th of 6th, and Paul Nicholls will surely be hoping for some place money at best with his Grade 1 winning novice chaser.

The Celebration Chase is just one of the highlights of the day at Sandown with the Oaksey Chase over 2m6f and the Select Hurdle also set to feature a high class of horse.

Elsewhere, the bet365 Gold Cup will be the big betting race with Talkischeap and The Young Master the two fancies at the head of the betting for one of the key end of season handicap chases of the spring.

Saturday will not just be about the racing though with plenty of time to support the champions of our sport with Nicholls picking up the top trainers title for 2018/19 and Richard Johnson once again getting ready to be crowned champion jockey thanks to another remarkable winter.

Celebration Chase Odds

Altior Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson 4/11 2/5 2/5 1/3 4/11 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/3
Sceau Royal D A Jacob / A King 7/2 7/2 4 7/2 7/2 - 7/2 4 7/2
Diego du Charmil Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls 16 20 28 20 25 25 20 - 20
Gods Own P J Brennan / T R George - 25 28 - - - 28 25 -
Vosne Romanee Sam Twiston-Davies / Dr R D P Newland - 33 50 - - - 50 40 -
Darebin Non Runner / G L Moore - - 250 - - - - - -
Each Way Terms 2
1/4
2
1/4
- 2
1/4
2
1/4
2
1/4
2
1/4
2
1/4
2
1/4

Celebration Chase Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Altior Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson
2/5
FREE BET ODDS
2/5
4/11
4/11
1/3
1/3
1/4
1/4
1/4
2. Sceau Royal D A Jacob / A King
4
FREE BET ODDS
4
4
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
3. Diego du Charmil Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls
28
FREE BET ODDS
28
25
25
20
20
20
20
16
4. Gods Own P J Brennan / T R George
28
FREE BET ODDS
28
28
25
25
5. Vosne Romanee Sam Twiston-Davies / Dr R D P Newland
50
FREE BET ODDS
50
50
40
33
6. Darebin Non Runner / G L Moore
250
Odds correct as of 26th Apr, 13:28 . Odds are subject to change.
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