Paul Nicholls “excited” by Silviniaco Conti running in the 2016 Grand National

Silviniaco Conti will stay the course according to Nicholls and he’s 12/1 to win the Grand National


There aren’t many horses in the Grand National line-up who have seven Grade 1 successes under their belt, although Silviniaco Conti has had a brilliant career and now takes his chances in the big race.

This is a seriously talented horse although some believe that the Paul Nicholls horse might struggle to stay the four-mile-two-furlong distance. However, the trainer doesn’t feel as though this will be an issue.

“From the day I had him in the young days he’s always been a stayer,” Nicholls told At The Races.

“He’s by Dom Alco, like Neptune Collonges and they’re all stayers.

“Throughout his career in the Betfred Bowls, the King Georges we’ve always wanted to make plenty of use of him and make every post a winning post as stamina’s his forte, always has been.”

Nicholls continued: “We put some spruce on our fences here and he jumped them with Unioniste the other morning when Noel [Fehily] was very happy with him.

“You need an awful lot of luck in the National but of course we’re excited by his chance.”

Nicholls saddled Neptune Collonges to victory in 2012 at odds of 33/1, with Ladbrokes currently offering 12/1 that Silviniaco Conti claims the spoils.