Champion Court Set For Kempton Prep Run

Martin Keighley is hoping that Champion Court can use Friday's Graduation Chase as a perfect stepping stone to the Cheltenham Festival, where he is set to line up for the Ryanair Chase on the third day of the four-day meeting.

Having produced a superb effort to finish fourth in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, Keighley was eager to send him to the festival with another run to his name and the three-runner contest looks to be ideal to get him in tip-top shape before next month's main event.

Taking on Alasi and Domtaline he will face a classy brace of rivals, but if he can reproduce the sort of showing he produced over the festive period then he should be able to bag his first win of the campaign and head to Gloucestershire on a winning note.

In that King George contest, last year's Jewson runner-up was always towards the head of affairs, but the three mile trip just seem to stretch his stamina in the closing stages in heavy conditions, so a drop back to two-and-a-half miles could prove ideal, before a step up to 2m 5f in the Ryanair.

He has already been installed as one the main market leaders for the Ryanair Chase and with a superb record at the fixture will be a notable contender, but he will have to produce a positive display on Friday if he is to cement his place in the list as they Ryanair is turning into one of the highlights of the entire four days and a top class field will take their chance.

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