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ALTIOR & BUVEUR D’AIR: Nicky Henderson’s star-duo to remain in training for next season

Altior and Buveur D’Air will return to the track for the 2021/22 National Hunt season

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Cheltenham, UK. 14th March 2017. Buveur D'Air ridden by Noel Fehily (green-white cap) wins the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Grade 1 at Cheltenham-Cheltenham-Racecourse/Great Britain. Second place: My Tent Or Yours ridden by Aidan Coleman (

Nicky Henderson’s stable star’s Altior and Buveur D’Air will remain in training for the 2021/22 campaign, the Seven Barrows handler has confirmed.

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The Lambourn pair, who share six Cheltenham Festival victories between them, both had two runs apiece this season after being plagued by injuries in the later stages of their career.

Cheltenham, UK. 14th March 2017. Altior ridden by Nico de Boinville wins the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase Grade 1 at Cheltenham-Cheltenham-Racecourse/Great Britain. Credit: dpa picture alliance/Alamy Live News
Altior is a four-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival

Altior, now 11, finished second in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton in December before going down to Greaneteen in the Celebration Chase at Sandown last month.

Duel Champion Hurdler Buveur D’Air, meanwhile, finished second on his first-course reappearance for 14 months at Haydock and followed up with a creditable fourth in the Aintree Hurdle at the Grand National Festival.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Henderson confirms he will seek to test his two charges over longer trips next season

In an interview with the Racing Post, Henderson said: “Altior came out of Sandown terrifically well, he’s as fresh as paint. I wish there was another race for him in three weeks’ time as they wouldn’t see him.

WATCH: ALTIOR WAS A BRILLIANT WINNER OF THE SUPREME, SEEING OFF STABLE-MATE BUVEUR D’AIR AND MIN IN THE PROCESS [CREDIT: RACING TV]
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“He’s come on for Sandown – that was his first run since Boxing Day and we had hiccups on the way. He’s improved a lot for the run. The idea is to go again and I’m sure we’d all like to have a look at him over two and a half, as it looks like that’s what he wants.”

On Buveur D’Air, the six-time British Champion Trainer confirmed: “He’s back at Martinstown on his summer holiday now but the plan is to bring him back next season.

WATCH: THE FIRST OF BUVEUR D’AIR’S CHAMPION HURDLE VICTORIES ARRIVED UNDER NOEL FEHILY IN 2017 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“He ran a really good race at Aintree and there didn’t seem much point running him against those two-milers at Punchestown.

Henderson secured two victories at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival thanks to Shishkin and Chantry House, respectively, with the same two going onto win Grade 1’s at Aintree on their next starts to land a Festival double.

Following Energumene’s Punchestown win last week, Shishkin’s chief gave his thoughts on a potential meeting between the pair next season.

“It’s going to be pretty interesting. I don’t know when they’ll meet but it’s going to be some clash.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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