Captain Cee Bee, winner of the 2008 Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, will be aimed towards a tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March following his win at Naas recently. The Edward Harty trained horse was impressive on his seasonal debut in the Grade 3 Poplar Stakes Chase and looks to be a real contender in the 2 mile category. The Captain went off well backed for the Arkle last season but after bursting a blood vessel he failed to place, he bounced straight back though when he won the grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival in March to prove he is a classy type.
Connections of Captain Cee Bee are bullish about his chances in Champion Chase company but the bookmakers believe he will come up a little short at this stage, he will need to take on and beat the likes of Master Minded and Big Zeb and that may prove a bridge too far on current form. The Queen Mother Champion Chase is one of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival and Captain Cee Bee will need to continue to show some improvements in the build up to March. Harty has said that The Captain will be seen three more times before the end of the year, which should give punters plenty of time to assess his chances in what is already shaping up to be a classic renewal of the Champion Chase.