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Cheltenham Festival 2018: Altior fit to run in Queen Mother Champion Chase

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Altior (left) ridden by Nico de Boinville
Cheltenham Festival
Venue: Cheltenham Racecourse Date: 13-16 March
Coverage: Full coverage on BBC Radio 5 live; continued on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text updates on BBC Sport website

Altior has been given the go-ahead to run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday after a late fitness scare.

The favourite had been lame on Monday but is now fit to run the two-mile race which will be under orders at 15:30 GMT, said trainer Nicky Henderson.

It sets up one of the most eagerly-awaited clashes of the four-day meeting, which starts on Tuesday.

Rivals will include the talented Willie Mullins-trained duo of Douvan and Min.

Jockey Ruby Walsh has chosen to ride Douvan on the horse’s return after finishing seventh when 1-4 favourite for the race last year behind surprise winner Special Tiara.

The going at the course is officially described as heavy, soft in places.

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