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Charlton's Captain can be the Cat that gets the cream

Captain Cat can secure his place on all-weather finals day next Easter by winning the Cash Out On The Betdaq+ App/EBF Stallions Hyde Stakes at Kempton.

The one-mile affair is a fast-track qualifier for the main event on Good Friday, a race in which Captain Cat emerged victorious back in April.

That win prompted Roger Charlton to raise his sights with the Dylan Thomas gelding and he duly enjoyed a late summer campaign that yielded plenty of success in Group company.

Charlton was possibly aiming a touch too high when pitching Captain Cat into the Group One QEII on Champions Day, but he was only beaten four lengths in fifth behind Charm Spirit and he pitches up here on a mark of 115.

That puts him 1lb clear of fellow top weight Graphic, with the conditions of the rac e giving Captain Cat even more of a pull with his other rivals.

Proven on the surface and favoured at the weights, it is hard to go against the likely favourite.

Leonard Thomas can send David Lanigan home happy with victory in the Betdaq £30 Free Bet And 3 Per Cent Comm Handicap.

The four-year-old showed some decent form in a couple of all-weather outings around this time last year but was then off the track until reappearing at Lingfield last month.

Gelded in the interim, he was reasonably well supported but still had plenty to do with a couple of furlongs to run and just could not find the extra required inside the final furlong. He will surely come on for what was his first outing in all but a year and looks a nice type for Lanigan over the coming months.

Robins Pearl showed a glimpse of ability on her racecourse bow and can build on that in the second division of the Racing UK Anywhere Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

While Captain Cat can do the business for Charlton at Kempton, Major Jack should also strike Lingfield gold for the Beckhampton handler. The three-year-old hails from the family of the admirable Al Kazeem and although he is clearly short of that level, he has proved sharp enough to win two of his seven starts to date.


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