williamhill.com Chase (Listed) 2m 4f 110y

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599 5th £804 6th £402
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 14.93s
  • Off time: 14:10:07
Full result
Result 14:10 Kempton Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Captain Chris 15/8f
2nd 3 Champion Court 23 11/4

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 12264-3
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Captain Chris (IRE) 30
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 12264-3
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10t
  • OR: 165
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 165 15/8f
2 1241-11
Orange, beige chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Twinlight (FR) 34
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 1241-11
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 157 11/4
3 251-72U
Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 16
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 251-72U
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
9 160 11-6 M Keighley A P McCoy 157 11/4
4 3336P-6
Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Ghizao (GER) 30
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 3336P-6
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
10 160 11-6 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 153 14/1
5 75F-574
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tataniano (FR) 15
  • T:R Rowe
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 75F-574
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
10 154 11-0 R Rowe N Fehily 143 50/1
6 F23-741
Dark Green and Yellow stripes, Yellow sleeves and cap Pepite Rose (FR) 15
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:L Treadwell
  • Form: F23-741
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
7 151 10-11 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 148 7/1

In depth

Verdict

Contests like this are never as straightforward as they first appear. Champion Court, who was hampered and unseated his rider in the King George here last month, finished half-a-length ahead of CAPTAIN CHRIS and 12 lengths ahead of Ghizao in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in November but is undoubtedly better on good ground. Philip Hobbs' charge, who never runs a bad race here, will strip fitter today and can reverse the form and take this as he should have too much for Willie Mullins' Twinlight off level weights, though the latter has won six of his nine starts over fences including his last three. With her mare's allowance, Pepite Rose could run well but Tataniano faces a stiff task at the weights.

Formwatch

Captain Chris (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, jumped right 2nd, soon mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, ridden to challenge after next, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Riverside Theatre (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.

Champion Court (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Held up in rear when blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Silviniaco Conti (11-10) at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 9 ran.

Twinlight (FR) 9-10fav (11-10) Prominent, on terms from before 5th, led approaching straight, travelling smoothly when left clear 3 out, jumped right 2 out, stayed on well, easily, won at Cork 2m chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Dec beating Lead Kindly Light (11-0) by 6l, 7 ran.

Pepite Rose (FR) 4-1 (11-2) Jumped big and rider lost iron briefly 1st, tracked leaders, headway into 3rd 5 out, led before next, ridden clear before 2 out, driven right out, won at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Dec beating King Of The Wolds (10-8) by 11l, 5 ran.

Ghizao (GER) 10-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, hit 3 out, effort next, weakened last, 6th of 7, 12l behind Riverside Theatre (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.

Tataniano (FR) 66-1 (11-0) Tracked clear leader until 5th, soon in rear, went poor 4th in closing stages, tailed off, 4th of 6, 40l behind Sire De Grugy (11-10) at Kempton 2m Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.