Conti favourite for Xmas feature

  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 17:04 BST

Silviniaco Conti is the clear favourite for the William Hill King George after his win in the Betfred Bowl at Aintree.

Silviniaco Conti looks a leading player again for the top races next season
Silviniaco Conti looks a leading player again for the top races next season

Race sponsor William Hill trimmed the Paul Nicholls-trained eight-year-old to 5/1 clear favourite from 6/1 after his front-running performance.

William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "It's a long way between now and Christmas but if Silviniaco Conti comes back from his summer break in such fine form he will be very tough to beat on Boxing Day."

He is unchanged at 8/1 joint-favourite with Hills for next year's Gold Cup after finishing fourth in this year's Cheltenham feature as Stan James cut him to that price from 14/1.

Their spokesman Rory Jiwani said: "We're still not sure what to make of his two performances.

"He appeared to outstay his rivals today, at an albeit shorter trip, and jockey Noel Fehily has no doubts over his stamina. It's safe to say next year's Gold Cup is still something of a puzzle."

The New One staked an early claim for the 2015 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham after a hard-fought win in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.

He looked set for a relatively comfortable under Sam Twiston-Davies but had to dig deep to repel the challenge of former Champion Hurdler Rock On Ruby and Irish raider Diakali.

The New One remains the unchanged general 5/1 favourite for next March although Betfred and totesport are shortest at 4/1.

BetVictor have cut Guitar Pete to 25/1 (from 33s) for the same race after Paul Carberry guided Dessie Hughes' four-year-old to victory earlier on the card at Aintree.

The win franks the form with last month's Triumph Hurdle winner Tiger Roll similarly cut and now 20/1 (from 25s) for the race.

Manifesto Novices' Chase winner Uxizandre showed plenty of spirit to hold off the rallying Oscar Whisky and is 12/1 (from 16s) with BetVictor for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next year.

  • Posted at 1640 BST on 03/04/2014.