Captain Chris (left): finished second in last year's King George VI ChasePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Captain to have another crack at King George
LAST year's William Hill King George VI Chase runner-up Captain Chris has taken his run in the Peterborough Chase so well he is likely to have another crack at next Thursday's showpiece, trainer Philip Hobbs said on Wednesday.
A delayed reappearance at Huntingdon this month had raised doubts about Captain Chris's participation at Kempton because the 14-day gap between races might not have given him sufficient recovery time for the King George, in which he was beaten a neck by Long Run last year and is a 14-1 chance with the sponsor this time.
However, Hobbs said he is an intended starter and revealed Menorah, also owned by Diana Whateley, could run too.
The trainer said: "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.
"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."