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Somerset horse trainer celebrates 9th win in King George VI race

Silviniaco Conti won the prestigious race for the second successive year Credit: ITV News

There are celebrations at Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls' yard today after his record ninth win in the King George VI chase at Kempton Park. The horse he trained, Silviniaco Conti, won the prestigious race for the second successive year.

He made his win at the King George VI Chase look easy as he drew four and a half lengths away of the rest of the field for his 2nd successive victory in the race. And that made a record ninth win in the race for a delighted Paul Nicholls waiting at the finish.

He jumped and galloped them into the ground it was a brilliant performance."

– Clifford Baker, Head Lad

And the horse appears to have enjoyed his victory- according to his posting on twitter he had a brilliant day and was quite emotional!

Police investigate suspicious death in Bath

Police investigate suspicious death in Bath Credit: ITV News

Police in Bath are continuing to investigate the unexplained death of a 51-year-old man. Officers were called to a railway archway on Lower Bristol Road on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

Police say his death is being treated as suspicious because of the nature of his injuries. A post mortem is being carried out.

The man's family are being given support from the police.

Police were called to Lower Bristol Road on Christmas Eve Credit: ITV News

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Dry but cold with overnight frosts

Dry but cold with overnight frosts Credit: ITV News

The next few days look set to be largely dry but rather cold with further overnight frosts.

That will be the case tonight with clear spells allowing temperatures to fall below freezing for many of us. This will lead to a widespread frost as well as some icy patches.

Tomorrow will start on a cold, frosty note but with plenty of sunny spells from the word go.

90 minutes delay on trains from London to west country

90 minutes delay on trains from London to west country Credit: ITV News

Trains leaving London for the west country have been subjected to at least a 90 minute delay after Network Rail didn't release the track back to FGW in time.

There's been planned engineering works over the festive break but they hadn't finished in time to release the track although the trains were ready. Passengers waiting at Paddington were given hot drinks while they waited at the station.

It was expected to take several hours for the trains to get back on time, but there was a reduced service anyway.

Sunshine and showers for Saturday

Sunshine and showers for Saturday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Persistent rain will clear from the west this evening and some clear spells will develop, but also a few showers, these mainly in the west. Windy at first, with gales possible along the coasts, but winds will gradually ease. Minimum temperature 0 deg C (32 deg F).

Saturday:

A mix of sunny spells and some showers for many, these perhaps wintry over the Moors. Also lighter winds for most, but remaining breezy along north facing coasts. Feeling cold. Maximum temperature 6 deg C (43 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

For many it is likely to be dry with light winds and some bright or clear periods. However remaining cold with widespread overnight frosts and some freezing fog patches.

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Bristol overturn half-time deficit to beat Bedford

Bristol overturned a ten point half-time deficit to win 28-24 at Bedford in rugby's Championship.

Andy Robinson's men scored four tries through Chris Brooker (2), Olly Robinson and Andy Short, maintaining their 100% winning record.

In the Premiership, Bath take on Exeter Chiefs at the Rec tomorrow (2pm), while Gloucester entertain Wasps on Sunday (2.30pm).

Police investigate unexplained death in Bath

Police in Bath are investigating an unexplained death of a 51-year-old man.

Officers were called to a railway archway on Lower Bristol Road just after 1.30pm on Christmas Eve, after a member of the public found a man’s body.

The man’s death is unexplained but we are treating it as suspicious due to the nature of his injuries.

It’s taken time to identify the man but his next of kin have now been located and informed. They’re being fully supported and our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

A formal identification procedure has not yet taken place and a forensic post-mortem examination is in the process of being carried out to confirm how the man died.

We’re working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding his death and we want to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area around archway 81 on the Lower Bristol Road, on or before Christmas Eve.

– Det Insp Julie MacKay, Avon & Somerset Police

Wins for Bristol City & Swindon keep it tight at the top

Substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored Bristol City's second goal from the penalty spot. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have won the West Country derby with Yeovil at Ashton Gate. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for City, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort. Kieran Agard also missed a first-half penalty for the hosts. The Glovers are now bottom of the table after Crewe won at Oldham, while the win keeps Steve Cotterill's men at the top of League One.

They're one point ahead of Swindon, who had a convincing 4-1 win at Walsall. Andy Williams scored twice with Michael Smith and Massimo Luongo also on target.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at Exeter City. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

In the Conference, Forest Green Rovers twice threw away the lead against Kidderminster. A late goal giving the visitors a 3-2 win.

And Bristol Rovers won 2-1 at Torquay thanks to first-half goals from Matty Taylor and Neal Trotman. Rovers are now 2nd in the table, 9 points behind leaders Barnet.

Today's local football results.

Record King George VI win for Paul Nicholls

Silviniaco Conti ridden by Noel Fehily on their way to victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls has secured a record ninth win in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

His 15-8 favourite Silviniaco Conti, with Noel Fehily in the saddle, led from start to finish ahead of Dynaste (7-1) and Al Ferof (7-1).

Earlier at Kempton, a statue of Nicholls' legendary chaser Kauto Star was unveiled.

Jockey Noel Fehily celebrates on Silviniaco Conti after winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

And how did Nicholls celebrate his record-breaking win? With some fast-food!

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