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Captain on course for Kempton

Captain Chris is set to tackle the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton as long as everything goes to plan between now and Boxing Day.

Philip Hobbs had intended to give the nine-year-old his seasonal bow at Ascot last month but a late setback saw him rerouted to Huntingdon for Thursday's Peterborough Chase.

Captain Chris was beaten just three-quarters of a length in third in what was a thrilling finish to the Grade Two event, and Hobbs is now eyeing a crack at the Christmas feature.

"There's a lot of talk about him needing the run. I'm sure he will come on for it, but he did win first time out at Ascot (last season) and he's just a very big horse," he said.

"If everything goes well, he will probably go to the King George."

Hobbs also has Menorah in the Kempton reckoning, although the eight-year-old is unlikely to lock horns with his stablemate.

Off the track since finishing second to Champion Court at Cheltenham in April, Hobbs has an alternative date in mind for Menorah.

"Menorah will run in the King George if Captain Chris doesn't," he said. "There's a new two-and-a-half-mile chase at Kempton in January that he could run in otherwise."