Arkle winner, Captain Chris looks set to make his final start of the season in the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown on May 5, with trainer Philip Hobbs expecting the horse to “run another good race”.
Hobbs missed the Aintree festival with the 7-y-o, as it has always been believed that Punchestown would suit him better. While the horse was an impressive winner of the Cheltenham race, right handed tracks suit him better and a trip to Ireland was always part of the plan.
“I am very much intending to run Captain Chris,”said Hobbs. “He has come out of Cheltenham really well and he is doing good.
“I would have gone to Aintree but there was no race for him there, so he will head over to Punchestown where we hope he can run another good race. He wouldn’t want it soft and I’m sure Punchestown will keep it safe.”
Hobbs may also run Wishful Thinking and Menorah at the festival next month. The former was beaten by Noble Prince at Cheltenham, before winning impressively at Aintree. He has been entered for the Grade A Mick The Tent Memorial Novice Handicap Chase on Friday, May 6. Meanwhile, Menorah who disappointed in the Champion Hurdle, looks set to clash with Hurricane Fly in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle on the Friday.