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Silviniaco Conti The Highest Rated Jumper Of The National Hunt Season

Wednesday 21st May 2014

The Anglo Irish end of season ratings have been released and the Paul Nicholls trained Silviniaco Conti has been awarded the top mark for a chaser. The eight-year-old was given a mark of 174 for his win in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day with runner-up that day Cue Card, given a mark of 172.

Silviniaco Conti did however slightly let that form down in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham when he could only manage fourth place behind the likes of Lord Windermere and On His Own. Lord Windermere was given a mark of just 166 for that Gold Cup success which was one of the lowest in recent memory for a Gold Cup winner with six horses in front of him according to the handicapper.

Sire De Grugy was the star of the two mile division as we know and the Gary Moore trained horse unsurprisingly topped the ratings for that division. The Champion Chaser was given a best mark of 172 which is 15lbs lower than Sprinter Sacre achieved at this stage 12 months ago. Sire De Grugy swept all before him last season with his win at the Festival the clear highlight for one of the most popular horses in training.

The novice chasing division is headed up by Holywell who has been given a mark of 163 which is the highest in that division since Gloria Victis. The Jonjo O'Neill trained horse was last seen winning the Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree and he could well make up into a Gold Cup horse in March if he trains on well.

It was a little bit more competitive in the hurdling division with Champion Hurdler, Jezki and World Hurdle winner, More Of That, sharing top billing with a mark of 169. My Tent Or Yours was next on 168, The New One on 167 and Hurricane Fly on 166 with the competitiveness of the division clearly on show after a stellar campaign over the smaller obstacles.

The novice hurdle division looked particularly strong during the season and it is Faugheen who tops the charts here with the Neptune winner given an official mark of 161. The Willie Mullins horse was a winner at Cheltenham and Punchestown, as was stable-mate Vautour who has been given a mark of 158 following his Supreme Novices Hurdle win back in March.

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