Dominant Display From Hukum At Ascot

It was a hugely eye-catching performance by a horse who has had his fair share of injury problems but now looks like one to follow closely in the coming months.

Silviniaco Conti took the honours with a dominant display in the feature Betfair Ascot Chase.

Conti had himself suffered three defeats already this term, but looked like he was right back to a level approaching his best after coming home a gaping 20 lengths clear of Dynaste.

“To have a horse win seven Grade Ones after Kauto [Star] and co retired has been great for the stable and he’s special to us,” trainer Paul Nicholls said afterwards.

“We now need to find a few more like him.”

The trainer also stated that Silviniaco would bypass this year’s Cheltenham Festival and head to Aintree, with a tilt at the Grand National “more than likely”.

The day’s other highly impressive winner was Sausalito Sunrise, who triumphed in the Appletiser 50 Year Celebration Chase for trainer Philip Hobbs and Tom O’Brien, surely booking his place at Cheltenham next month.

Hobbs completed a double of his own when Tearsofclewbay won the closing bumper.

There were also victories for Yala Enki and the veteran hurdler Bangkok Pete.

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