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Captain Chris looks set to take command

If Ghizao is going to win the Arkle, then Captain Chris has to win the Dick Christian Novices' Chase at Leicester tomorrow.

Ghizao is to the fore in the betting for the two-mile championship event and Captain Chris has chased him home the last two times.

Philip Hobbs' charge went into the summer with a tall reputation, having beaten Salden Licht over hurdles on his final start.

He started this campaign finishing second to Silviniaco Conti, which at the time looked disappointing but not so much in the light of subsequent events.

Thrown in at the deep end for his two runs over fences, Hobbs obviously thinks the world of him and while this is no cakewalk, he should take all the beating.

Charminster is certainly not one of Donald McCain's stable stars but it is hard not to be impressed by his consistency, which could be enough to seal the deal at Sedgefield.

After finishing second on his British debut in a bumper at Aintree in October he went one better at Haydock a month later, turning around the form with the horse who had beaten him.

Sent off favourite for his hurdling bow at Hereford earlier this month he had to give best to Nicky Henderson's Whoops A Daisy, but time may prove that mare is a smart performer.

With that experience under his belt, Charminster will be even harder to beat in the John Wade Skip Hire Novices Hurdle.

Navan have rescheduled Saturday’s postponed meeting for tomorrow.

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