Captain Chris: 14-1 with William Hill for the King GeorgePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Hobbs: Captain Chris may miss King George
LAST year's King George VI Chase runner-up Captain Chris is not certain to bid to go one better in the Christmas cracker at Kempton regardless of how he fares in Thursday's Peterborough Chase, trainer Philip Hobbs said on Sunday.
A 16-1 chance with the sponsor for the William Hill King George, Captain Chris is set for a rather belated return to action in Huntingdon's Betfred-backed midweek contest, the high-class nine-year-old having been withdrawn from his intended comeback in last month's Amlin Chase at Ascot due to lameness.
"The Peterborough Chase is very much the plan," said Hobbs. "We're wrong at the weights with Riverside Theatre, but we have to go there."
Asked about Kempton, the trainer said: "There are only two weeks between this and the King George so we will have to see how he comes out of it."
Old Roan Chase winner Conquisto is set to bid for a second Grade 2 victory of the season in the Peterborough, having been well beaten in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
"He's probably in the form of his life," said trainer Steve Gollings.
"I think it was a mistake to run at Cheltenham. We were in two minds about going and there are very few options for him. It was worth a lot of money and we took our chance. But unfortunately he got jumped into the back of. At the time it looked a serious injury, but it has responded very well and I am so pleased it wasn't serious."
Also entered for the £60,000 contest at Huntingdon - the track's annual highlight - are Irish-trained Noble Prince, Champion Court, who like Conquisto was rather disappointing in the Paddy Power, and Alasi, who as the only mare will receive weight from her rivals, to varying degrees.
The ground at Huntingdon was described as good to soft on Sunday, with a forecast for dry weather and sunny spells.