11am Captain Chris pulled out of King George Chase
Captain Chris has been pulled out of the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. The chaser was due to represent trainer Philip Hobbs in the Grade One feature but will now not be running after suffering a minor injury during a schooling session on Monday.
Hobbs is hoping to have Captain Chris, who was second in last year's running of the King George, back in action next month.
He said: "He won't be running on Boxing Day. He's banged a joint schooling, it's nothing serious but he won't be running. "I hope he will now run in the new williamhill.com Chase at Kempton on January 11."
Although Captain Chris will not take his chance, Hobbs is still set to be represented in the King George with Menorah making his seasonal reappearance in the race. The trainer added: "He runs and is in good form."
10.55am Ffos Las call early inspection for Boxing Day card
Ffos Las have been forced to call an 8am inspection on Tuesday ahead of their Boxing Day meeting.
The going at the track is currently heavy and with more rain forecast, general manager Tim Long feels it prudent to check the situation on Christmas Eve.
He said : "We have had a fair drop of rain this morning and I've just checked the forecast again and it is due to be with us for most of the day. We will have a look at 8am tomorrow on the back of what we have today and what the forecast is like and take a view from there."
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This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk