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Greater summer months targets in advance for elegant unbeaten chaser Captain Tom Cat | Horse Racing Information

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Captain Tom Cat: summer targets at Market place Rasen and Galway could be in retail outlet

John Grossick (racingpost.com/pictures)

Captain Tom Cat ongoing his ideal begin in excess of fences with a daring front-jogging display beneath Sam Twiston-Davies to acquire the 2m4f beginner chase.

Sent off the odds-on favourite, the Richard Newland-qualified six-calendar year-outdated romped to an 11-duration victory with an exuberant spherical of jumping.

Owned by Deva Racing, Captain Tom Cat liked a prolific run about hurdles in 2020, which includes a huge-subject handicap earn at Cheltenham’s October meeting, but the ideal is nonetheless to occur, in accordance to Newland.

He stated: “We were generally quite eager to go chasing with him. He’s a large, scopey horse, jumps for enjoyable and enjoys front-operating. He was outstanding at Aintree and he’s got a further earn to his identify now.”

A return to Cheltenham in the autumn is a “definite possibility” for the winner according to Newland, who may perhaps have a lot more quick targets in brain. 

“If he will come out of this race alright, we’ll most likely try to get in a different beginner operate and just after that we’ll consider a look at as to whether we go for the big summertime chases. The Summer season Plate at Industry Rasen and the Galway Plate it’s possible.”

As You Like powers home

The JP McManus-owned As You Like built on his modern greater form to acquire the 2m7f handicap chase in extraordinary manner. 

Educated by Jonjo O’Neill, the 10-calendar year-aged was four lengths down in third approaching the past right before being on stoutly to head the Oliver Greenall-experienced favorite Furius De Ciergues.

He was 8lb down below his final profitable mark and his switch appeared in the vicinity of following finishing third and second on his two previous starts off. 

Greenall gained swift compensation when El Borracho landed the 2m½f beginner handicap chase.

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