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Silviniaco Conti Goes For Gold Cup Glory In Fascinating Friday Showpiece

Thursday 12th March 2015
Silviniaco Conti

Paul Nicholls's Silviniaco Conti will aim to land his first Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup crown on Friday afternoon, but the Ditcheat inmate, who has failed to win the festival blue riband event before, will face a whole host of classy performers in what is an ultra-competitive renewal on the final day of a sensational National Hunt extravaganza.

A sublime winner of the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, the nine-year-old will be a prominent figure in the betting for the showpiece race, but there will be a strong challenge for the Irish with Willie Mullins aiming to land his first Gold Cup crown with Djakadam, whilst Road To Riches and Carlingford Lough will add tremendous depth to the Irish challenge for the 3:20pm race.

The day kicks off at 1:30pm and Nicky Henderson's Peace And Co will be a red-hot 5/2 favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle as he aims to continue his progression and punters will be eager to snap up the terrific offer with Sky Bet, who will refund your stake if you finish second or third in the curtain-raiser.

The County Hurdle will be up next at 2:05pm and Tony Martin's Quick Jack has been a popular selection in the ante-post markets and will be aiming to hand the master Irish handler his second win of the meeting in what is always a tough betting heat.

Black Hercules will be aiming to hand the combination of the aforementioned Mullins and Ruby Walsh more Grade 1 glory in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, which takes place at 2:40pm, whilst Warren Greatrex, who saddled Cole Harden to World Hurdle glory on Thursday will unleash the classy Paint The Clouds in the Foxhunter Chase Challenge Chase Cup at 4:00pm.

It gets no easier for punters at the end of the meeting and the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle is a real minefield for punters at 4:40pm, whilst AP McCoy will be aiming to bid farewell to the Cheltenham Festival on a winning note in the AP McCoy Grand Annual and he will pilot Ned Buntline in a thrilling finale at 5:15pm.

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