Legendary racehorse Altior fighting for his life following two operations – including having a ‘considerable amount of his intestine’ removed – after suffering from a severe attack of colic
- Altior had operation on Saturday to remove considerable amount of his intestine
- Unfortunately the 13-year-old then required a further operation 24 hours later
- Altior, who is seen as one of the all-time greats is in a stable yet critical condition
Dual Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Altior is fighting for his life after two operations following a severe attack of colic.
The 13-year-old’s former trainer Nicky Henderson said Altior had a four-hour operation on Saturday to remove a ‘considerable amount of his intestine’ and required further surgery 24 hours later.
His condition was described as ‘stable but still critical’.
Dual Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Altior is fighting for his life after two operations
Henderson added: ‘We are all praying and doing everything possible to ensure he can pull through and continue living life as he should.’
Altior has been looked after by Henderson’s former stable jockey Mick Fitzgerald since he was retired in 2021.
Regarded as one of the all-time greats, Altior won 21 of his 26 races, including a 19-race winning streak.
His Champion Chases in 2018 and 2019 were among four races he won at the Cheltenham Festival, alongside the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the 2017 Arkle Novices’ Chase.
The 13-year-old’s former trainer Nicky Henderson, pictured, said Altior had a ‘considerable amount of his intestine’ removed
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