Altior case shows some snippets demand immediate release to punters

Revealing vital news concerning a Champion Chase favourite via a blog on a bookmaker’s website has again turned the spotlight on the relationship between trainers and the betting industry

For the second time in a week, a relationship between a trainer and a bookmaker was under scrutiny on Thursday after Nicky Henderson disclosed that Altior, the favourite for the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March, will miss his intended return in the Tingle Creek Chase because of a wind problem, and revealed the news via a blog on the Unibet website.

Altior had been on the drift in ante-post betting for several hours by the time Henderson’s blog post went live at around 6pm on Wednesday. Anyone in the know was in a position to hoover up money looking to back Altior, or back other leading contenders against him, safe in the knowledge he would not be going to Sandown on 9 December.

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