Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Close call as Captain grabs prizeHeadlines
Captain Conan goes in pursuit of Third Intention

Captain Conan was made to pull out all the stops by Third Intention in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Challengers Novices' Chase at Sandown.

Nicky Henderson's rising star (1-2 favourite) had already dished out two previous beatings to Colin Tizzard's chaser, at Cheltenham and Sandown, but he only asserted his authority in the final strides on this occasion in the race better known as the Scilly Isles.

With Henderson looking for an answer to Captain Conan's Cheltenham target, his charge looked in trouble some way out as Third Intention forged clear. However, the leader found the Sandown hill too much as Barry Geraghty seized the opportunity to galvanise Captain Conan and win by a neck.

"It was definitely harder work than we thought. He jumped nicely, but I knew from the water jump it was going to be hard work," Geraghty told Channel 4 Racing.

"I know Nicky has got an indoor school which has kept them on the go, but I'd say he just lacked a bit of race fitness. I don't think the ground was an issue. He's a big horse who wants a lot of work. I would say two and a half miles is perfect for him."

Henderson added: "He did well to win. It answers one question as he wasn't going to win at two miles.

"They went a good gallop and he's a big, gross horse. We were going to run him in the Dipper in early January and that was off, then we were stuck in the snow. He's a big horse and just got a bit tired.

"He's had to hang around a long time waiting for this. He didn't win on the bridle, but he jumped well and he stayed."

Paddy Power pushed Captain Conan out to 6-1 from 4-1 for the Jewson at Cheltenham.

29 June 2015

Pontefract firsts for Hannon
Horn long odds-on for Eclipse
Frustration continues for Tudhope
Globetrotting Glance retired
Package heads for retirement
Falmouth caution for Integral
Stars on Leger course
France for Force
Karpino King George plans on hold
Firecrown out for compensation
Chase set for drop in class
Prat possible for Estidhkaar
Vintage option for Sails
Lowther in Lady's sights
Bay bypasses Eclipse date
Beach life suits red-hot Heffernan
Forever foxes sprint rivals
Diamond sparkles in Pretty Polly
Treve too good at Saint-Cloud
Aquam impresses on debut
Pilot leaves rivals toiling
Kodi has Jean Prat option
Aeolus given French targets
Ervedya to face her elders

28 June 2015

Aquam impresses on debut
Aktabantay in Jean Prat mix
Believe seeking redemption
'Positive' signs for Creighton
Law ready to Rock at the Curragh
Jack's the lad for Curragh glory
Hughes reveals training ambition
O'Neill continues in fine form
Cliffs on track in Railway
Nicholls' Debt takes Celebration
Fab four for Doyle
Byron back with a bang
Quest for Plate ends in victory
Aeolus in Chipchase surprise

27 June 2015

Markaz makes his mark
Diamond sparkles in Empress
Choir hits right note at Newmarket
Cookie out of Plate
Strong British raid on Pretty Polly
Lancaster aim for Mustadeem
Creighton in induced coma
Winston hoping for swift return
Grant recovering after Curragh fall
Winston taken to hospital
O'Brien pleased with Curragh ground
Buratino on path to Phoenix
Combat primed for Criterion
Wachman hopes to be sitting Pretty
Treve all set to star on Sunday
Danzeno defends Chipchase crown
Hopeful Niven to check Plate ground
Island out for Railway success

26 June 2015

Choir back on-song for Newmarket
Plans fluid for Maria
Niven planning Plate ground check
Ground key to Rules run
Nunthorpe aim for Muthmir
Odeliz seeks German glory
Ballydoyle quartet set for Derby
Gosden hoping for Curragh first
Juddmonte the target for Criterion
Three-year ban for former jockey
Jack's the lad for Curragh punters
Rain would suit Head for Solow
Chantilly an option for Belardo
'A1' Eagle enjoying break
Step up in trip beckons for Brave
Walker stars suffer setbacks
Dutch leads Lennox contenders
Seamour handed wide draw

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015