Captain Chris on Target for King George
Runner up in last year’s edition, Captain Chris looks set to have another attempt at claiming honors in the William Hill King George VI Chase next Thursday after pleasing trainer Philip Hobbs with a great run at Peterborough.
Doubts were raised as to the classy runner’s form and participation at Kempton following a delayed reappearance at Huntingdon, as only two weeks between each event may not have given him sufficient recovery time for next Thursday’s classic.
“There’s a lot of talk about him needing the run. I’m sure he will come on for it, but he did win first time out at Ascot (last season) and he’s just a very big horse” Philip Hobbs said.
Famously beaten by a neck from Long Run in the same event 12 months ago, Captain Chris is currently displaying odds of 15-1 at Paddy Power to go one better this year.
While looking promising, Hobbs revealed the decision to run is not set in stone at this stage, as the fellow Diana Whateley-owned Menorah could also feature.
“Captain Chris has come out of the Peterborough Chase very, very well indeed, so we definitely intend to run him and we’re probably going to leave Menorah in as well. We’ll see about him nearer the time” Hobbs said.
“For Captain Chris, it’s only a two-week gap. He couldn’t run in the Amlin Chase, so we lost a bit of time, but the signs are very good.
“The handicapper’s dropped him 4lb, so he thinks he performed below par, but I’m not sure he did. Maybe the run would have brought him on anyway.”
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