Conti Tops The Bill For Cheltenham
When Paul Nicholls was asked about his best chance for this year’s Cheltenham Festival there was one name that immediately uttered from the Champion Trainer’s lips: Silviniaco Conti. This year’s William Hill King George VI Chase winner is the 3-1 favourite with the firm for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, as Nicholls seeks a fifth victory in the Festival’s pinnacle race.
“Silviniaco Conti is the one to beat in the Gold Cup and whilst Paul Nicholls might lack strength in the hurdling division, his star chaser holds the upper hand in the biggest race at the Festival,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “Silviniaco Conti is the worst result for William Hill in the Gold Cup, he has been strongly backed since landing the King George and there doesn’t look to be anything that could possibly challenge him for favouritism.”
William Hill have priced up the likelihood of three of Nicholls’ best chances all placing at the Festival – Silviniaco Conti in the Gold Cup, Dodging Bullets in the Champion Chase and Ptit Zig in the JLT – the ‘Special Place Treble’ is 6-1.
Sam Twiston-Davies will be partnering many of the Ditcheat horses and while he won’t be on the back of Silviniaco Conti, he is a lively outsider in the top jockey betting at 10-1.
PAUL NICHOLLS SPECIALS
Number Of Paul Nicholls Trained Festival Winners: 8-13 Less Than 3, 5-2 Exactly 3, 4-1 More Than 3
Paul Nicholls Special Treble – Ptit Zig, Dodging Bullets & Silviniaco Conti All To Be Placed: 6-1
Number Of Winners Match Bet: 10-11 Willie Mullins, 5-4 Paul Nicholls & Nicky Henderson Combined, 11-2 Tie
Cheltenham Festival 2015 Top Jockey: 1-2 Ruby Walsh, 7-1 Barry Geraghty, 9-1 Bryan Cooper, AP McCoy, 10-1 Sam Twiston-Davies, 25-1 Noel Fehily, Paul Townend, 33-1 Richard Johnson, Tom Scudamore, (Winner Is The Jockey With The Most Winners With 2nds, then 3rds taken into account in the event of a tie; dead heat rules will apply if still a tie)
Cheltenham Festival 2015 Top Trainer: 1-5 Willie Mullins, 13-2 Paul Nicholls, 7-1 Nicky Henderson, 33-1 Jonjo O’Neill, 50-1 David Pipe, Philip Hobbs, 66-1 Nigel Twiston-Davies, (Winner Is The Jockey With The Most Winners With 2nds, then 3rds taken into account in the event of a tie; dead heat rules will apply if still a tie)