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Harty planning Captain campaign

Edward Harty is in no rush to confirm future plans for his stable star Captain Cee Bee.

Although now a 10-year-old, injuries have meant the JP McManus-owned gelding has only run 22 times in his career. His notable victories include the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and a Grade One over fences at Punchestown, while he was third in last season's Queen Mother Champion Chase.

He made a successful return to the smaller obstacles at Tipperary on his penultimate start before placing eighth in the Galway Hurdle, and connections are now contemplating the next plan of attack when the new campaign begins in earnest.

"He's in good form at the moment and will reappear in October, but I'm not sure where yet," Harty told At The Races.

"We had the idea of the Galway Hurdle because he was off a much lower mark over hurdles than over fences.

"We let him reappear in Tipperary and he won well. He's just a very good horse and he's versatile.

"We've nothing planned long-term at the moment. I just want to see how he shapes up this season.

"He could go chasing or he could stay hurdling. He hasn't got an awful lot of mileage on the clock.

"The run in Tipperary shows he hasn't lost a whole lot of speed, either."


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