Silvinaco Conti may have claimed the most prestigious steeplechase on the mid-winter calendar but his form with Bobs Worth in the Feltham on the 2011 King George card is just one more reason to side with the reigning Gold Cup boss.
Correct, but after that race (over the King George course and distance) Bobs Worth was given a breathing operation.
Next time out he turned the tables on Paul Nicholls’ son of Dom Alco at Ascot, using his superior staying power to come past his tired opponent, just as Silviniaco Conti did to Cue Card in this year’s King George.
As a result it wouldn’t be that hard to imagine that Bobs Worth could have finished far closer to his principal rival in the Gold Cup betting that day had all been tickety-boo.
While Silviniaco Conti outshone Nicky Henderson’s chaser on their seasonal debuts at Haydock this term the nine-year-old son of Bob Back has since bounced back to form.
Meanwhile the subsequent non-staying effort of Cue Card at Kempton raises question marks over the previous piece of form mentioned.
Bobs Worth’s Lexus Chase triumph over Leopardstown’s uphill run-in showed once more that even over a 3m trip that is arguably a shorter than ideal, no staying chaser around can live with him when they meet the rising ground.
Over the longer 3m2f trip that the pair will face on Festival Friday Bobs worth is unbeaten, while his Ditcheat adversary has failed to complete in his only attempt.
Of the four horses to finish behind Silviniaco Conti at Kempton only the too bad to be true Dynaste could be called a sure-fire stayer with any degree of confidence.
Therefore given Bobs Worth’s health has been proven anew it makes perfect sense to back him to outstay the 7/2 second-favourite when they meet at Cheltenham over 3m2f.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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