Thursday’s Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon has attracted a strong field of seven runners headed by two previous King George V1 runners-up in Captain Chris and Riverside Theatre, both of whom found only Long Run too good in the Boxing Day showpiece, with the former going down by just a neck to the Nicky Henderson-trained 8-year-old 12 months ago.
Captain Chris was supposed to get his season underway in Ascot’s Amlin Chase last month but was found to be lame on the day of the race leaving Al Ferof to beat his sole opponent French Opera in what turned out to be a disappointing match. Like Captain Chris Riverside Theatre has not been seen since finishing unplaced behind Sir Des Champs and Long Run in Punchestown’s Grade 1 Gold Cup back in April and with both horses priced at around the 11-4 mark for tomorrow’s Grade 2 contest the value surely lies elsewhere.
Module, 9-2 with Totesport and Betfred, must have a serious chance based on a creditable close second to Somersby in Exeter’s Haldon Gold Cup on his seasonal reappearance but at the 7-1 available with 888.sport the Martin Keighley-trained Champion Court can atone for a disappointing run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup for which the 8-year-old was sent off the strongly-fancied 6-1 favourite. The son of Court Cave made a serious blunder at the third-last at Cheltenham, from which Ian Popham’s mount was unable to recover but is better judged on a three quarters of a length victory over Menorah at the home of National Hunt racing last April as well as a cracking King George fourth over a distance too far for the 2012 Jewson runner-up.
The field is completed by Ghizao, Conquisto and Alasi but if able to reproduce his best form Champion Court could be the one to beat on this occasion.
Champion Court at 7/1 with 888Sport