Captain Chris handed top weight for Racing Plus Chase
RACING:Captain Chris, just touched off by Long Run in the King George VI Chase, has been allotted top weight of 11st 12lb in the Racing Plus Chase back at Kempton on February 23rd.
The nine-year-old's trainer Philip Hobbs is also responsible for the next two in the weights, Menorah (11st 6lb) and Wishfull Thinking (11st 5lb).
Quinz, one of four Hobbs-trained winners of this three-mile prize when successful two years ago, is again engaged.
The Minehead handler could also saddle Chance Du Roy (10st 5lb) and Duke Of Lucca (9st 11lb).
Tom George's popular grey Nacarat has been given 10st 12lb ahead of a possible fifth successive appearance in this valuable handicap. Triumphant in 2009 and 2012, the 12-year-old grey was second in 2010 and third in 2011.
Seabass, third in last year's John Smith's Grand National and second on his reappearance over hurdles at Fairyhouse on Tuesday, has been handed 10st 11lb.
His trainer, Ted Walsh, also has Colbert Station (10st 6lb), a winner over hurdles on Sunday. A third Irish possible is Sarteano (9st 7lb), trained by Dessie Hughes.
French import Ptit Zig upset hot-pot New Year's Eve on his British debut in the Bromfield "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle at Ludlow.
The Paul Nicholls-trained four-year-old was too strong for last year's Cheltenham Bumper runner-up. Ptit Zig (11 to 2) pulled away from the 2 to 7 shot on the run-in under Daryl Jacob to open his account by six lengths. Cloud Creeper was third.