Classy Cyrname sinks Altior at Ascot

Altior suffered his first defeat over jumps as Cyrname ran out a dazzling all-the-way victor in the Christy 1965 Chase.
Unbeaten at 19 previous starts over fences and obstacles combined, the double Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Altior was the rage to ensure it is 20 wins on the spin of Nicky Henderson along with his army of fans ensuring he went a heavily-supported 1-3 favorite away.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname finished last year after two wins over this course and distance – because the highest-rated chaser in Britain – 1lb above Altior, but was comparatively easy to back at 5-2.
Together with the other runner Solomon Grey not a factor, it turned into a two-horse race from the off, with Harry Cobden sending Cyrname straight to the direct and Nico de Boinville sitting on his tail aboard Altior, that was rushing over farther than two and a quarter miles for the first time.
It was Cyrname who produced the slicker jumps, as the speed increased racing down the back straight – and also De Boinville had been those two riders animated until the home turn.
Cyrname refused to let up and a two-and-a-quarter-length success was closed by a flying jump at the final fence, although altior did his very best to bridge the gap at the right.

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