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CAPTAIN TOM CAT: “Incredible” 3-time chase winner to reappear at Chepstow, says Ryan Tongue

Summer star Captain Tom Cat will enter Listed company in Wales next month



2C7CCPM Captain Tom Cat and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies win the Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Impressive Aintree winner Captain Tom Cat is set to be back in action at the beginning of October when he will head for the Listed Dunraven Windows Novices’ Chase at Chepstow, Deva Racing manager Ryan Tongue has confirmed.

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The syndicate star has won two hat-trick’s within the space of two seasons, firstly over hurdles last season including at Cheltenham’s Showcase fixture in October, before landing success on three occasions as a chaser, starting with his victory at Aintree four months ago.

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2014 Grand National-winning trainer Dr. Richard Newland’s Aintree exploits for Captain Tom Cat’s chase debut paid dividends

And it will be in South Wales where he will be seen next, with Tongue excited at the proposition of the Dylan Thomas gelding stepping back out of handicap company and being upped in grade.

Speaking on the Paddock Picks Podcast, he said: “He’s incredible – I absolutely adore the horse.

“What he’s done for Deva [Racing] is absolutely fantastic. He cost £6,000 out of Mouse Morris’s and won three over hurdles in a row last season and then he’s won three over fences this season.

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“He got beat off 147 in the Summer Plate [at Market Rasen]. We probably should’ve left him unbeaten and carried on in October, but he’s exciting and he will head to Chepstow on the Saturday of the first proper National Hunt fixture, and he’ll go for the Listed novices’ chase where he won’t have a penalty.

“I’d say he’d be tough to beat, but we’ll probably come up against a nice Paul Nicholls’ hot-pot.

“He’s just come back in two weeks ago and he’ll be revved for that day.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.