Altior may return on Sunday
A potential mouthwatering clash between Identity Thief and Altior is a possibility in Sunday's Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial at Cheltenham.
Altior (centre right) could run on Sunday
Henry de Bromhead's Identity Thief made a faultless winning debut over fences at Punchestown last month and is already a single figure price for the Arkle itself in March.
However, despite having not yet jumped a fence in public, it is Altior who heads ante-post lists for the two-mile novice chasing championship on the back of his hugely impressive display in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle last season.
His trainer Nicky Henderson told www.stanjames.com: "After the November Novices' Chase was reopened at Cheltenham on Sunday I have decided to enter Altior and if the forecast is correct it is a possibility that he may take his chance, but it must be emphasised that he will not run unless the predicted rain materialises.
"He is in great form and worked particularly well this morning therefore I am extremely happy with him. We will give him a schooling session in the morning after which a more definitive decision with regards to his participation at Cheltenham will be made."
The Grade Two contest has attracted 13 entries in all.
Others engaged are Paul Nicholls' Clan Des Obeaux and Le Prezien, Malcolm Jefferson's Cloudy Dream and three others from De Bromhead's yard, Three Stars, Some Plan and Ordinary World.