Carroll hopes to have Cat purring

Captain Cat is on a retrieval mission in the £19,000 Handicap at Lingfield Park on Saturday.

Captain Cat will run at Lingfield before going jumping

The seven-year-old joined Worcestershire handler Tony Carroll in the summer following an excellent career for Roger Charlton that included a pair of Group Three victories on turf as well as Group One appearances at Ascot, Newbury and Hong Kong to add to his success on the inaugural All-Weather Championships Finals Day in 2014.

He was second in a Windsor Listed contest on his final appearance for Charlton, but failed to run any sort of race for his new trainer when tailed off in a 10-furlong handicap at Salisbury in September.

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Carroll commented: "Captain Cat is likely to run at Lingfield Park on Saturday. We entered him in the Betway Churchill Stakes but he will go for the handicap option over a mile.

"He has settled in fine but his first run for me was a disaster. Nothing came to light from it and I am probably hanging on to the fact that the ground was quite soft that day. I hope I'm right!

"Captain Cat moves around like a nice horse but the very good ones like him save it for the track. The reason he came to me was to go jumping and we thought that we would give him a run at Salisbury to see if he stayed but he never got going.

"He has schooled well over hurdles but I want to get a run into him beforehand and there are also plenty of good races on the All-Weather over the winter."

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