Silviniaco Conti Chase
|Grade 1, Kempton Park 14:55
2m 4f 110yds, Class 1
|Saturday 9th January 2021|
1 Master Tommytucker 2/1
2 Clondaw Castle 6/1
3 Riders Onthe Storm 10/1
4 ran Distances: 12l, 14l
Time: 5m 2.95s (slow by 4.95s)
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📍Master Tommytucker survives a last fence scare to land the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase
7⃣️An incredible 7 winners on the day for Betfair Ambassador @PFNicholls pic.twitter.com/R8GW3EGXYo
Master Tommytucker made it three wins from five starts over fences this season by taking his form to new levels with victory in the Grade Two.
All eyes were on Imperial Aura, who was bidding for a second success at the level, but the evens favourite was an early casualty after parting company with David Bass at the second fence.
Jumping well out in front, Master Tommytucker continued to extend his advantage with his two remaining rivals hard at work in behind him entering the home straight.
Despite getting the last all wrong, the 2-1 shot was quickly gathered in by Harry Cobden before crossing the line 12 lengths clear of Clondaw Castle.
Nicholls said: “Apart from the last, he jumped great there. Harry nursed him down the back full of running. How many times do you see horses do that at the last?
“He has got a huge engine and he is definitely better on a track like this rather than Cheltenham. A small field suits him better as well.
“At Haydock he went a gallop in heavy ground – he would gallop all day. The trip is not a problem to him anywhere. I’ve got no doubt there is a Grade One in him.
“I kick myself for running him at Cheltenham (last month) as it was too soon after Haydock, but Harry got off him and said this will be the making of him.”
Although Master Tommytucker holds entries in both the Ryanair Chase and Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, the Ditcheat handler believes he would be better suited by heading to Aintree instead.
Silviniaco Conti Chase (Grade 2)
£38,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Master Tommytucker 10 11-0 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 2/1
3 12 Clondaw Castle 9 11-0 Tom George James Bowen 6/1
2 14 Riders Onthe Storm 8 11-6 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 10/1
FELL Imperial Aura 8 11-6 Kim Bailey David Bass EvsF