Captain heads Ascot field

Last year's runner-up Captain Chris will aim to go one better in Saturday's Betfair Ascot Chase after eight were declared for the Grade One.

Having chased home subsequent Ryanair winner Cue Card 12 months ago, Philip Hobbs will be feeling confident of success after the 10-year-old eased to victory last time out at Kempton.

Nicky Henderson has two strong candidates in Riverside Theatre, winner of this race in 2011 and 2012, and Hunt Ball, due to have his first run for the stable.

Riverside Theatre returned to form to win the Peterborough Chase first time out this season but unseated early in the King George.

Since leaving Keiran Burke, Hunt Ball had an unsuccessful spell in America and returned to Britain late last year.

Alan King's Medermit returns after a lengthy lay-off. The grey will be having his first run for 674 days.

Paul Nicholls has two representatives, Rolling Aces, who will be ridden by Noel Fehily, and Kauto Stone, who will be reunited with Paul Carberry after the veteran pilot was was re-routed from Haydock when Monbeg Dude was not declared for the Grand National Trial.

The in-form Sue Smith sends Rowland Meyrick winner Cloudy Too from her Bingley base, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Monet's Garden who took this prize back up north in 2010.

Sunny Ledgend completes the field for Andrew Martin.