Paul Nicholls: Kauto Stone, Cristal Bonus and Silviniaco Conti set for big races
Paul Nicholls reveals that three of his horses will be entered in big contests at Down Royal and Wetherby next weekend.
When you target a big race you have them well tuned up, and that will be the case with Kauto Stone, Cristal Bonus and Silviniaco Conti next weekend. They will be ready to run for their lives.
We have had 13 winners in the last fortnight, so things are clearly going well, but most of mine have been needing the run, win or lose.
There have been disappointments along the way, notably Pacha Du Polder at Aintree yesterday. But I think that run showed us that he wants a trip, and he will go for three-miler on the Friday of the Tingle Creek meeting at Sandown in December.
But when you target a big race you have them well tuned up, and that will be the case with Kauto Stone, Cristal Bonus and Silviniaco Conti next weekend. They will be ready to run for their lives.
They all worked well yesterday morning, and the first two go to Down Royal next weekend and Silviniaco Conti goes to the Charlie Hall at Wetherby.
Kauto Stone goes for the three-miler, the JNwine.com Champion Chase. I have four in the race, but Silviniaco takes in the Charlie Hall,Join Together goes to Ascot next Saturday and Tidal Bay will probably run over hurdles at Wetherby on Saturday with a view to running in either the Betfair Chase or the Hennessy.
Kauto Stone won the 2m4f race on the card last season and then ran an excellent second to Sizing Europe in the Tingle Creek, before losing his way. He goes well when fresh and shapes like a three miler to me now. We have been teaching him to settle at home, and he is ingood form.
Cristal Bonus is another who won first time up last season before proving himself a very smart novice and he takes in the 2m4f race won by Kauto Stone last season. The softer the better for him.
And then we have Silviniaco Conti, who ran so well in the Feltham before beating Champion Court by 13 lengths at Aintree in April. We will see how he fares at Wetherby before making firmer plans for him going forward.