Captain Chris is primed to go well back at Kempton
By Gallops Reporter. Last Updated: 09/01/14 6:47pm
Captain Chris: In good form
Captain Chris is primed to go well back at Kempton this weekend according to our gallops reporter.
Philip Hobbs will fire some of his big guns at Kempton on Saturday with CAPTAIN CHRIS set to return to the scene of one of his best performances.
The talented gelding had the 2012 King George VI Chase won everywhere but where it mattered as he was pipped by the rallying Long Run.
Some subsequent evidence suggests the Diana Whateley-owned Captain Chris is not quite as good as he was, but to his credit he stayed on grittily to get into the money on his return to action in the Peterborough Chase.
That Huntingdon race has helped bring him to the boil, and he looked sharp and alert as he went up the steep main all-weather twice with a stablemate who is a very good yardstick.
GARDE LA VICTOIRE has been added to the Tolworth Hurdle line-up, and would not have been in the field for the original version at Sandown.
The Kapgarde gelding lost no caste in defeat when chasing home Ballyalton at Cheltenham, a run that puts him up with the top novices in his division.
He'll need to be at his best to make a mark at Kempton, but his work indicates he is definitely on the upgrade.
HORIZONTAL SPEED would take the eye if get the go-ahead for the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle.
He made much of the running when scoring in novice company last time and has a touch of quality about him.
His slick jumping should stand him in good stead if he engages in this vastly different and more competitive race.
IF IN DOUBT could also run in the feature and has a similar profile. He's worked with great gusto since scoring on his reappearance at Towcester.
LORD PROTECTOR got the job done well in a novices' handicap hurdle at Sandown and would be a leading contender for the two-mile handicap hurdle on the card.
He breezed beautifully on the woodchip in midweek, and is primed for another prominent run.
PLANET OF SOUND is not the force that landed the Punchestown Gold Cup but he is set to return to fences and has worked and schooled well.
Last seen pulling up in a handicap hurdle at Aintree, he will return in the three-mile handicap chase at the Sunbury course.