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Betfair Ascot Chase Declarations: Chris heads Ascot eight

Richard Johnson rides Betfair Ascot Chase fancy Captain Chris
Richard Johnson rides Betfair Ascot Chase fancy Captain Chris

Last year's runner-up Captain Chris will aim to go one better in Saturday's Betfair Ascot Chase after eight were declared for the Grade 1 feature...

Last year's runner-up Captain Chris will aim to go one better in Saturday's Betfair Ascot Chase after eight were declared for the Grade 1 feature..

Having chased home subsequent Ryanair winner Cue Card 12 months ago, Philip Hobbs will be feeling confident of success after the 10-year-old produced arguably his best effort yet when running out a wide-margin winner at Kempton.

Nicky Henderson has two candidates in Riverside Theatre, winner of this race in 2011 and 2012, and Hunt Ball who due to have his first run for the stable.

Riverside Theatre returned to form to win the Peterborough Chase first time out this season but unseated early in the King George. Since leaving Keiran Burke, Hunt Ball had an unsuccessful spell in America and returned to Britain late last year.

Alan King's Medermit returns after a lengthy lay-off. The grey will be having his first run for 674 days.

Paul Nicholls has two representatives, Rolling Aces, who will be ridden by Noel Fehily, and Kauto Stone, who will be reunited with Paul Carberry after the veteran pilot was was re-routed from Haydock when Monbeg Dude was not declared for the Grand National Trial.

The in-form Sue Smith sends Rowland Meyrick winner Cloudy Too from her Bingley base, while likely outsider Sunny Ledgend completes the field.


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