Lavazza Jolie Silver Cup Handicap Chase
Listed Handicap Chase, Ascot 15:00
£100,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m, Class 1  
Saturday 17th December 2016


1 Regal Encore 20/1
2 Minella Daddy 9/2F
3 Tenor Nivernais 33/1
14 ran Distances: 1¾l, ½l, nk
TIME 6m 4.00s (slow by 21.00s)

Regal Encore
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Regal Encore

Anthony Honeyball's talented but inconsistent Regal Encore had failed to complete on his last two starts (and had pulled up on five of his last six) but connections had stressed beforehand that there were excuses for both runs.

Those who listened were rewarded at odds of 20/1 as Barry Geraghty's mount flew home in the straight to collar Minella Dandy in the final half a furlong.

The runner-up had struck for home after mastering Tenor Nivernais in the straight and appeared as though he may have enough in hand with Another Hero struggling to close the gap.

However, he was hampered by a loose horse at the final fence as a slow jump cost him crucial momentum and he had no answer to the late surge of Regal Encore, who swept past to win by a length and a half.

Geraghty and winning owner JP McManus were completing a big-race double following the victory of Unowhatimeanharry in the JLT Long Walk Hurdle.

"He hasn't been straightforward," said Geraghty.

"He's been hard to settle and his jumping has been hit and miss. He's let us down a few days, but he got it all together this time."

Honeyball said: "I'm just pleased to get a big win under his belt.

"Since he was second in the Champion Bumper (2013), he's done plenty of good things and been thereabouts in some Graded events, but we feel like this is the one we've been waiting to get with him.

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"In the Hennessy (Gold Cup) he wasn't quite right behind going down the back, but he travelled and jumped like a horse that belonged in that company.

"At Cheltenham he nearly got brought down twice, so he got a bit of bad luck there.

"Before that he was second at Punchestown and the latest 'pulled-ups' weren't really a true reflection of him."

There was a sad postscript as Eduard, trained by Nicky Richards, fractured his right hind leg during the race and had to be put down.


Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed)
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 7f 180y, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Regal Encore (IRE) 20/1 B J Geraghty
A J Honeyball 8
2nd Minella Daddy (IRE) 9/2f Sean Bowen
P Bowen 6
3rd ½ Tenor Nivernais (FR) 33/1 L Treadwell
Miss V Williams 9
4th nk Another Hero (IRE) 14/1 R P McLernon
Jonjo O'Neill 7
5th 7 Le Mercurey (FR) 15/2 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 6
6th ½ Irish Saint (FR) 7/1 Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls 7
7th 10 Fletchers Flyer (IRE) 15/2 N D Fehily
H Fry 8
8th 19 Annacotty (IRE) 40/1 Ian Popham
A King 8
9th 8 The Druids Nephew (IRE) 12/1 T Scudamore
N P Mulholland 9
10th nk Triolo D'Alene (FR) 16/1 J McGrath
N J Henderson 9
PU Holywell (IRE) 33/1 Killian Moore (3)
Jonjo O'Neill 9
PU Eduard (IRE) 11/2 Wayne Hutchinson
N G Richards 8
PU Fourth Act (IRE) 12/1 T J O'Brien
C L Tizzard 7
F Go Conquer (IRE) 7/1 R Johnson
Jonjo O'Neill 7

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