Conti pencilled in for Newbury

  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 18:37 GMT

Grade One-winning chaser Silviniaco Conti will make his next appearance in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on February 9.

Silviniaco Conti: Newbury-bound
Silviniaco Conti: Newbury-bound

Having already won the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and eclipsed Long Run in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, trainer Paul Nicholls has hopes he will develop into a big Cheltenham Gold Cup contender.

Nicholls said in his Betfair column: "Talking of Silviniaco Conti, next stop for him is the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury in February.

"His owners Jared (Sullivan) and Chris (Giles) seem to like winning valuable Betfair-sponsored races - Silviniaco won the Betfair Chase obviously, and Zarkandar won the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last year - and for racegoers at Newbury I hope to be able to arrange a bonus.

"Denman couldn't make it to the day last year because of injury but I hope to be able to get him to parade before the race named in his honour. If he consents to giving up a day's hunting, that is."

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