Al Ferof cut for King George
Sky Bet make Al Ferof 6/1 for the King George VI Chase after he stormed to victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
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Trainer Paul Nicholls had never won the feature race at the Open Meeting but the Ruby Walsh-ridden seven-year-old moved well throughout and sealed the victory with good jumps at the last two fences.
As a consequence, Sky Bet cut him to 6/1 from 16s in a market headed by 3/1 chance Long Run, while easing beaten favourite Grands Crus to 10/1 following his lacklustre return.
The Leeds-based firm also cut Al Ferof to 8/1 for the Ryanair Chase and to 14/1 from 33s for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Sky Bet's Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners said: "It was a very taking performance in the Paddy Power and he puts himself right in the mix for all the big staying chasers including back here at Prestbury Park in March."
Al Ferof's victory was the second on the card for Nicholls, whose Far West earned 10/1 quotes for the JCB Triumph Hurdle with a taking success in the opener.
"He was impressive to quicken clear of a useful Nicky Henderson horse and is now our clear favourite at this early stage in the betting for the Triumph," added Shinners.
On a day dominated by some of National Hunt racing's leading operations, trainer David Pipe gained compensation for the poor run of Grands Crus with a double of his own courtesy of Goulanes and Our Father.
The latter - who had been particularly well backed in the run-up to the second race on the card - is 14/1 for the RSA Chase with Sky Bet.