Thursday 22 February 2018

Captain Chris leads charge to Kempton

Captain Chris is the headline name among 47 horses entered in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton later this month.

The Philip Hobbs-trained King George third disappointed when pulled up in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham, but could be given a chance to redeem himself on February 25.

Nacarat, winner of the three-mile race in 2009, also features among the possibles along with David Bridgwater's The Giant Bolster and the Paul Nicholls-trained The Minack.

Willie Mullins has entered last year's Grand National sixth The Midnight Club, Apt Approach, Prince De Beauchene, Shakervilz and Some Target, while Ted Walsh's Seabass is another eyecatching contender.

Elsewhere, yesterday's STP Construction Novices' Hurdle at Newcastle was hardly on the mind of Ramon Dominguez when riding Tap Night to victory at Belmont Park a couple of years ago. Twice a winner in the States, the Lucinda Russell-trained five-year-old will have got something of a culture shock at a bitter Gosforth Park.

He was sent off the 8/13 favourite to follow up a 15-length win at Carlisle in November and despite a few hairy leaps, the result was never in any doubt.

It was something of a family affair, too, as Peter Buchanan did the steering for his sister, Jane, who bought the horse from America.

Irish Independent

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