King George Chase: Nicky Henderson's Altior out of showpiece fixture

Nicky Henderson with jockey Nico de Boinville and Altior
Nicky Henderson has withdrawn his Champion Chase hero

Nicky Henderson's unbeaten Champion Chase hero Altior has been withdrawn from the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Wednesday.

The eight-year-old, who was omitted alongside Patrick Kelly's Presenting Percy, may run on Thursday instead.

The Henderson-trained Might Bite hopes to defend his crown in the Boxing Day showpiece race.

This year's Cheltenham Gold Cup victor Native River and Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai are included.

The 10-horse line-up also features 2016 King George hero Thistlecrack,

Record nine-time King George-winning trainer Paul Nicholls will go for a 10th victory with Politologue, who is set to run over three miles for the first time, and Clan Des Obeaux.

Mark Bradstock's 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree, Jane Williams-trained Tea For Two, Ruth Jefferson's stable star Waiting Patiently and last year's runner-up Double Shuffle - trained by Tom George - complete the starters.

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