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  • 14:10 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 so impressive in success in Chase

Last Updated: 11/01/14 3:28pm

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Captain Chris gained an emphatic fourth course victory when hammering Champion Court in the Chase at Kempton.

Richard Johnson asked his mount to go after the pacesetter on the home turn and the 15/8 favourite swept into the lead.

Comprehensively reversing form with Champion Court, who had finished in front of him on their previous meeting in Huntingdon's Peterborough Chase, the winner gallop irrepressibly clear on the run-in to score by 23 lengths from his leaden-legged opponent.

Twinlight, who ruined his chance with a shuddering mid-race blunder under Ruby Walsh, was back in third.

"Twice this season we've been on the verge of running and he's had minor scares that have stopped us in our strides, but that was fantastic and he jumped so well," winning trainer Philip Hobbs told Channel 4 Racing.

"There's a Grade One at Ascot [the Ascot Chase] next month and he does want to go right-handed - he's always had that inclination to go right as we saw again today - so Ascot suits him.

"He could go for the Cheltenham Gold Cup but the track is left-handed and just doesn't seem to suit him, despite the fact that he won the Arkle around there."

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