Kempton the plan for Altior

Altior is poised to make his chasing debut at Kempton later this month after Nicky Henderson decided to skip an engagement at Cheltenham on Sunday.

Altior (right): Could head for Kempton

Henderson made a late entry for Altior in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase after it was reopened earlier in the week, but the trainer has resisted the urge to run him.

Instead Altior will wait for an opportunity at Kempton on November 21 before stepping up to Grade One company at Sandown, all being well.

Henderson tweeted: "Altior will NOT run on Sunday, instead he'll go to @kemptonparkrace on 21st Nov ahead of a possible tilt at the Henry VIII @Sandownpark."

Speaking to TalkSport 2, Henderson raised the option of returning to hurdles if chasing does not go to plan for last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner.

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"He's a very talented horse. We had a long summer thinking about the Champion Hurdle and I have no doubt he'd be a contender, but he's six now so we felt if he doesn't go chasing now, he never will," said Henderson.

"I think we've got to go down this road, but if it didn't go right we can switch back, and I'd be fairly relaxed if that was the case."

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