Pic D’Orhy and Saint Calvados lead a field of six in Saturday’s Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton (2.05), where champion trainer Paul Nicholls could saddle two runners.
The last time Pic D’Orhy was seen was when he won the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon last month, finishing two lengths ahead of Millers Bank. He is a 33-1 favorite for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
The six-year-old horse is 2-2 this season. On his seasonal return in October, he also won a 2m5f intermediate chase at Newton Abbot.
Nicholls has won this race twice in the past three years, and Saint Calvados, owned by David Maxwell, may take advantage of the opportunity to run for the first time since coming in second place out of two in the 1965 Chase at Ascot in November.
Evan Williams, who is aiming for his first victory in the race, could be represented by Coole Cody, who defeated Saint Calvados that day.
Coole Cody competed twice at Cheltenham prior to his victory at Ascot, finishing seventh of 13 in a handicap hurdle over 2 miles 4 feet before pulling up in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
Clondaw Castle, a 160-rated Paint The Dream and Betfair Chase fourth seed, could compete, and Angels Breath has an opportunity to make his stable debut since joining the Sam Thomas yard from Nicky Henderson and making his first start since December 2019.
There are 27 entries in Kempton’s Lanzarote Hurdle (2.40), including the Camprond, trained by Philip Hobbs, and the Nicholls duo of Outlaw Peter and Red Risk.
Camprond, owned by JP McManus, is going back to hurdles after failing to get going over fences in either of his two starts this season.
With a 19-length victory at Exeter two months ago, Outlaw Peter made it three wins from eight career starts. Red Risk also won on their most recent appearances.
Pentland Hills, Henderson’s Grade 1 winner, could return, and the Seven Barrows trainer might also ride Captain Morgs and Rathmacknee.
Another possibility is the West Balboa, trained by Skelton, who finished second to Stage Star in the 2021 renewal of the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle.
Dubrovnik Harry, Fifty Ball, Le Patron, and Mark Of Gold, on the other hand, could represent Gary Moore in the competition.
Silviniaco Conti Chase entries
Angels Breath, Sam Thomas
Clondaw Castle, Tom George
Coole Cody, Evan Williams
Paint The Dream, Fergal O’Brien
Pic D’Orhy, Paul Nicholls
Saint Calvados, Paul Nicholls
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