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  • Captain Chris So Impressive

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
  • Last Updated: January 12 2014, 10:26 GMT

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

Captain Chris: Bloodless winner at Kempton
Captain Chris: Bloodless winner 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 said.

"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.

"He's had no end of physio and vets looking at it, but we've never sorted it out - maybe it's more of a habit."


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