Conti Cut for Further Glory

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 16:26 GMT

Silviniaco Conti was slashed for the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup following an impressive win at Wetherby on Saturday.

Silviniaco Conti: Victorious at Wetherby

Paul Nicholls' charge was a conmfortable winner of the Charlie Hall Chase and was duly cut to a best price of 8/1 for the King George, which takes place at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Betfred, totesport and Betfred all offer 8s, but Paddy Power are as short as 5/1.

Only Long Run and Grands Crus are ahead of Paul Nicholls' star in the market on best price.

As for next March's Gold Cup, Boylesports were prepared to offer a standout 16/1 with numerous firms, including Sky Bet and BetVictor, at 14s from as big as 33/1.

Ladbrokes were notably short though at 10/1.

Sir Des Champs is currently regarded as the Gold Cup favourite at a best of 6/1.

Meanwhile, another Nicholls horse, Kauto Stone, won the big race at Down Royal - the JNwine.com Champion Chase - and was also cut for victory at the Festival.

Paddy Power offer a best of 20/1 in the Ryanair Chase market, bet365 offer just 12s.

There are also 25/1 quotes for the Cheltenham Gold Cup floating about, while several firms offer 50/1 in their Queen Mother Champion Chase market.

On what was a fine day for Nicholls, Cristal Bonus also won on the Northern Irish card and is now 16/1 for the Ryanair.

In other markets, My Tent Or Yours is a general 20/1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle following an impressive win at Ascot under the fit-again Tony McCoy.

And another Ascot winner, Raya Star, was given a 40/1 quote for the Champion Hurdle by sponsors Stan James.