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  • 14:10 williamhill.com Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (Listed) £30,000 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 14.93s
  • Off time: 14:10:07

Captain Chris shoots for Kempton glory

Last Updated: 10/01/14 1:43pm

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Captain Chris: Kempton hopeful

Captain Chris: Kempton hopeful

Leading jockey Richard Johnson believes Saturday's williamhill.com Chase at Kempton is a good opportunity for Captain Chris to secure an overdue victory.

The 10-year-old has not visited the winner's enclosure since landing Ascot's Amlin 1965 Chase in November 2012, but has run some tremendous races in defeat.

Philip Hobbs' charge was beaten a neck by Long Run in that year's King George VI Chase, chased home Cue Card in the Ascot Chase and finished his season with a creditable fourth in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

His comeback was delayed due to a minor setback, but he ran a fine race to finish third in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on his eventual return and although he missed another stab at the King George, he is now ready for action.

Johnson said: "He obviously likes Kempton and we know he prefers going that way round.

"We'd love some better ground for him, but he ran very well in the King George on this ground, so I'm sure he'll handle it all right.

"He ran very well in the Peterborough on his first run of the season and hopefully he goes back to Kempton with a very strong chance on Saturday."

Captain Chris heads a six-runner field, with Willie Mullins' Irish raider Twinlight a fascinating contender.

The seven-year-old has won at Naas and Cork so far this season and Ireland's champion trainer admits he has been surprised by his progress.

Mullins said: "Twinlight just keeps on surprising me. Every time I think he faces a stiff task, he pulls out a bit more.

"He's very tough, and that is obviously a big plus for him.

"I hope he carries on improving, as this looks a good race."

Martin Keighley is hoping stable star Champion Court can finally get his season up and running, with Tony McCoy taking the ride this time.

Keighley said: "He deserves a change of luck, he's been unlucky so far this season.

"He wasn't right in the Paddy Power (Gold Cup), should have won the Peterborough when his saddle slipped and then he unseated early in the King George.

"This is his ideal trip and we know he goes very well at the track so we're glad the race is being staged.

"Looking at the ratings, he should have a very good chance."

The Paul Nicholls-trained Ghizao, Richard Rowe's Tataniano and Pepite Rose from the in-form yard of Venetia Williams complete the field.

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