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Conti pencilled in for Newbury

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

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."