Big trio lead the running but don’t rule out a Captain Chris challenge

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Wetherby: 1.45 (Mon). Always Right. Saltburn jockey James Reveley thinks the world of John Wade’s chaser who won the Borders National at Kelso. Victorious in Doncaster’s Grimthorpe Chase earlier this year, he sees this Rowland Meyrick contender as a leading player in next year’s English or Scottish National – and Reveley’s form book judgement is rarely wrong.

Kempton: 2.00 (Mon). Grands Crus. Unbeaten in his first two novice chases for Tom Scudamore, expect another bold showing from last season’s World Hurdle runner-up in the Feltham Novices Chase. His run will determine whether he targets the Gold Cup at Cheltenham – or stays novice chasing this season.

Kempton: 3.10 (Mon). Captain Chris. The King George is one of the few races to elude Richard Johnson who has not lost faith with Captain Chris, despite parting company with the horse in the Haldon Gold Cup. If he’d not unseated at the last, the horse would have won – and be much shorter in the betting.

Chepstow: 2.10 (Tues). Carruthers. An emotional Hennessy winner in the colours of Lord Oaksey, Mark Bradstock’s front-running chaser will bid to make all – and carry 11st 3lb – in the Welsh National, a proven stamina test. Don’t bet against it; Mattie Batchelor brings the best out of Carruthers whose jumping could prove too much for his opponents.

Leopardstown: 2.35 (Wed). Quito De La Roque. The Lexus Chase was Denman’s intended target before his retirement. This year’s renewal, however, will determine whether Quito De La Roque – who beat Champion Chase hero Sizing Europe at Down Royal last month – can become Ireland’s top steeplechaser.

Tom Richmond