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Legendary racehorse Altior is in a ‘critical’ condition after he was suffering with severely with colic. The four-time Cheltenham Festival winner is currently at an equine hospital, having undergone surgery over the weekend to try and treat the issue.

The 13-year-old is widely considered certainly one of the modern-day greats following his illustrious National Hunt profession. Altior’s final race got here in 2021 and he has been having fun with retirement with former jockey Mick Fitzgerald.

Nonetheless, the two-time Champion Chase winner was rushed to an equine hospital on Saturday after it was discovered that he had been struck down by colic, Nicky Henderson has revealed. He told his Unibet column: “Unfortunately, now we have an issue with Altior after It was discovered on Saturday morning that he was affected by a severe bout of colic.

“As a consequence, he was taken to the equine hospital very, in a short time where he needed to undergo a four-hour operation to remove a substantial amount of his intestine. It was an enormous operation and never straightforward. On Sunday morning, he was still extremely uncomfortable so needed to undergo further surgery resulting from complications.”

Altior is now in a ‘stable but critical condition’, leaving the Henderson yard – and the broader horse racing community – desperately hoping to listen to about positive developments. His former trainer continued: “There may be some reasonably positive news within the incontrovertible fact that this morning he’s stable, but still critical.

“Pat Pugh has been to see him on several occasions and he’s currently in extremely good hands with the entire team at Donnington Valley. It’s a terrible shame because he deserves a protracted and blissful retirement and was really having fun with life at Chloe and Mick Fitzgerald’s.

“It’s been extremely tough, and no horse deserves this, especially dear Altior who gave a lot pleasure to everyone on the track. We’re all praying and doing every little thing humanely possible to make sure he can pull through and proceed living life as he should.”

Altior is essentially known for his 19-race unbeaten run between 2015 and 2019, which included 4 wins at Cheltenham in addition to a Tingle Creek. That streak got here to an end in Christy 1965 Chase when he was beaten by Cyrname in a gruelling race at Ascot which saw each horses give their very all in a race for the ages. It stays to be seen whether Altior can get better from his bouts of surgery and return to his well-deserved retirement.

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