Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Captain Can Serve Up Chase Victory

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Captain Can Serve Up Chase Victory

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CAPTAIN Chris is the cautious selection in what looks a potentially trappy Betfair Ascot Chase.

The Philip Hobbs-trained nine-year-old brings the best form to the table and is the most likely of the principals to be suited by what will be gruelling conditions.

His latest start was the best effort of his career, going down battling to Long Run in the King George at Kempton.

That, however, is where the slight dent in confidence comes as he had such a hard race there it might have left a mark.

If it has not done so, then he must be hard to beat, having shown a liking for Ascot when landing the Amlin 1965 Chase here in November on similar ground.

The hope is that with those two efforts being his only outings of the season so far he will be relatively fresh, and had a reasonable break.

Tatenen is a formidable opponent at Ascot and is the one to be with in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Chase Limited Handicap.

Far from disgraced in the big handicap chase at Cheltenham in December, Richard Rowe's stalwart is only 1lb higher than when winning a two-mile-six event at this track last January, a race he also claimed in 2011. …

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