Captain Chris set to bid for back-to-back wins in the Amlin Chase
Last Updated: 22/10/13 1:17pm
Captain Chris: Ascot-bound
Captain Chris is set to kick off his season by bidding for back-to-back victories in the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot next month.
The Philip Hobbs-trained nine-year-old was an impressive winner of the Grade Two contest in 2012 and went on to finish a neck second to Long Run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
He also filled the runner-up spot behind Cue Card in the Grade One Ascot Chase, finished sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and fourth in the Punchestown Gold Cup.
Given his clear preference for right-handed tracks, a return to Ascot on November 23 is a logical starting point for his campaign.
Hobbs said: "He's in good form and will go straight to the Amlin Chase, which he won last year."
The Somerset handler also had news of another star chaser in Menorah.
Winner of the rearranged Peterborough Chase at Kempton last Christmas, the eight-year-old ran well in defeat at both Aintree and Cheltenham in the spring.
"He's fine, but I'm not sure where you'll see him on the racecourse. It's possible he won't run until the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon (December 12)."
Hobbs also revealed exciting youngster Fingal Bay, who missed much of last season through injury, was progressing well in pre-training and is likely to return to his yard in the near future.