Captain can lead the way

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: February 1 2013, 16:48 GMT

Anita Chambers believes Captain Conan is worth backing over a longer trip at Sandown on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Conan: Backed to win at Sandown
Captain Conan: Backed to win at Sandown

FFOS LAS: 1.30 Top Gamble, 2.05 TANERKO EMERY (NAP), 2.40 Red Rocco, 3.10 One In A Milan, 3.45 Ski Sunday, 4.20 Sandanski, 4.50 Heath Hunter.

LINGFIELD: 12.40 Abhaath, 1.10 King Bertie, 1.45 Kabbaas, 2.20 Rich Again, 2.55 Loyal Royal, 3.30 Grey Mirage, 4.05 Noble Silk, 4.35 Marshall Art.

SANDOWN: 1.50 Lord Singer, 2.25 Captain Conan, 3.00 Mad Max, 3.35 Brackloon High, 4.10 Kapga De Cerisy, 4.40 Shangani.

WETHERBY: 1.00 Mubrook, 1.35 Dammam, 2.10 Wolf Shield, 2.45 Tweedledrum, 3.20 Super Duty, 3.55 Gansey, 4.30 Dakar Run.

DOUBLE: Tanerko Emery and Captain Conan.

Nicky Henderson has an embarrassment of riches in the novice chase division so if Captain Conan can hit the mark in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Challengers Novices' Chase at Sandown, he might have the chance to spread those talents a little further.

Simonsig appears to be Seven Barrows' top Arkle hope so if Henderson is right and Captain Conan sees out the two and a half miles here, a few more doors are opened.

A Grade One winner over the minimum trip at this track in December, Captain Conan was not stopping on testing ground that day and is worth a shot over this longer trip.

Owner Dai Walters does like a winner at his Ffos Las track and Tanerko Emery can tick that box in the William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle.

Run as a limited handicap over two and a half miles this year, Tanerko Emery has a nice weight after winning his two most recent outings.

Winner of a Sandown novice event on his penultimate start, he showed some more experienced rivals a clean pair of heels at Lingfield before Christmas.

He tries the distance for the first time here but his style of racing suggests it should present little problem.

Super Duty can take the next step up the ladder in the Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby.

He has chased home a couple of decent types this season before hitting the target last time.

His 13-length winning margin was certainly convincing and Donald McCain obviously thinks he is worth a try in better company.

Noble Silk narrowly lost out in a three-way finish last time but his consistency can be rewarded at Lingfield.

The four-year-old should relish the step back up in trip for the 12-furlong Lingfield Park Owners Group Handicap after going down by half a length in a thoroughly competitive Kempton heat.

Racing off a 2lb higher mark after a previous win at the track, Noble Silk was just edged out in the dying strides by two faster-finishing rivals over a furlong less.

First-time cheekpieces had appeared to work the oracle on his previous start, when he was a half-length victor over Wildomar, a horse who had beaten him before and is a consistent runner himself.

The handicapper has left Noble Silk alone following his recent defeat and he is worth another chance here.

Grey Mirage was another who took to first-time cheekpieces when tasting victory at this track at the end of December.

He was twice a winner in the early part of 2012 but seemed to lose his way after that and was given a lengthy break until returning in November.

While Grey Mirage turned in indifferent efforts on his first couple of outings, a shrewd front-running ride from Jimmy Quinn saw him notch a half-length win and that should do wonders for his confidence.

A 2lb leap back up the weights is not ideal but Grey Mirage should hold his own in the Handicap.

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