Paul Nicholls would relish a clash between Altior and Cyrname in the Christy 1965 Chase in Ascot at November.
The Nicholls-trained Cyrname finished last season as the highest-rated horse at Britain after his 17-length demolition project in the Ascot Chase in February, with his mark of 176 placing him 1lb clear of Nicky Henderson’s dual Champion Chase hero Altior, who’s unbeaten in 19 starts over jumps.
Henderson has increased the chance of Altior being stepped up that period – with a tilt in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day that a target – and Cyrname can also be jump for the showpiece over three miles.
On the other hand, the set could lock horns in a two-mile-five-furlong Grade Two at Ascot on November 23.
Nicholls told Sky Sports Racing:”One has got form more than two (miles) at Altior and this horse has form within two-five. Should they fulfill at Ascot It’ll be some clash.
“He (Cyrname) does not need to run out of the front, but it satisfies him doing that. Kempton can be a front-runners track if you jump and gallop and he is slightly better right-handed.
“He’s a high tech horse that will hopefully keep going forward, (but) he has to have three miles per hour off yet. It’s a bit like Altior – it’s great having the ability to gallop and get two-mile-five and that he (Cyrname) indicated at Ascot he will get , but before they actually do it don’t know for certain.”
Altior is your overall favorite together with Cyrname, for the King George and his stablemate Clan Des Obeaux – winner of this Boxing Day highlight year – next in the list in 6-1.