Gold Cup faller Silviniaco Conti bids for Aintree compensation

Last Updated: 03/04/13 4:56pm

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Silviniaco Conti: Bids to bounce back to winning ways at Aintree

Silviniaco Conti: Bids to bounce back to winning ways at Aintree

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Silviniaco Conti will attempt to atone for a late fall in the Cheltenham Gold Cup when he contests the Betfred Bowl at Aintree on Thursday.

Paul Nicholls' chaser was still travelling well within himself in the blue riband event when he came down at the third-last fence.

"It was just one of those things, who knows what would have happened," said Nicholls.

"He was travelling nicely but we move on, that's all we can do. He seems in good form at home but it's always hard to judge the horses who have been trained for Cheltenham when you take them to Aintree, it's obviously completely different.

"We'll give it a go. He was prepared for Cheltenham, not Aintree, but he seems very well at home."

Trainer Mouse Morris expects the step back up in trip to suit First Lieutenant, who finished runner-up in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

"He's back up in trip. He gets three miles no problem at all," said Morris.

"If anything he just lacked a bit of toe (at Cheltenham) but I'm not worried at all about going up in trip. He ran a good race in the Ryanair and I'm sure he'll go well again."

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