Conti clear winner of Denman Chase
Silviniaco Conti kept up his unbeaten record this season with an emphatic victory in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury.
The seven-year-old enhanced his claims for the Cheltenham Gold Cup with an accurate display of fencing in testing going.
Mail De Bievre made the running on his first run for over 500 days but Tom George's charge ran out of steam as the winner and The Giant Bolster came to fight out the finish from the third last.
Ruby Walsh refused to panic as Tom Scudamore drove his rival into contention and the pair asserted their superiority close home.
The winning rider said: "Through the race he travelled well and jumped well. He quickened up well and joined Paddy (Brennan on Mail De Bievre).
"He did well for a horse short of full fitness on quite testing ground. Paul (Nicholls) has not got him fully wound up. He has one race in mind.
"If he improves as much from the Charlie Hall as he did to the Betfair Chase he will run a big race in the Gold Cup.
"He's a gem. He's got plenty of scope. There's lots to like about him."
Sky Bet reacted by cutting the winner into 5/1 from 6/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and clipping The Giant Bolster into 16/1 from 20/1 for the same race.