Altior backers had their hearts in their mouths as the Nicky Henderson-trained superstar was headed by Sceau Royal after the last fence of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but the Seven Barrows phenomenon managed to dig deep to pull to the front again under an action-packed Nico de Boinville and the red-hot favourite managed to secure a second win in the two-mile Championship race.
Sent off the clear 4/11 favourite, Altior stalked the front-running Saint Calvados through the first half of the race, but Henderson's star then sent shivers down the spines of favourite backers as he left his hind legs in the water, but de Boinville managed to get him back on an even keel for the rest of the back straight.
As main market rival Min struggled to land any sort of blow in the race, Altior was cruising along, but there were a host of rivals also on the bridle and it was Sceau Royal and Politlogue that caught the eye as they turned for home.
Sceau Royal jumped to the front at the last and Politlogue was travelling well for the Paul Nicholls team, who were bidding for a second win of the day, but as the trio fought it out up the hill it was de Boinville that managed to cajole his mount clear of his rivals, and he eventually beat Politologue by one-and-three-quarter lengths with Sceau Royal putting up a career best in third place.
Altior's win now means he equals Big Buck's' sensational record of 18 wins on the bounce and the unbeaten chaser cemented his place as one of the stars of the National Hunt game
A winning machine!