Garrard Silver Cup Handicap Chase
|Listed Handicap Chase, Ascot 15:00
2m 7f 180y, Class 1
|Saturday 22nd December 2018|
Valtor romps home for James Bowen and Nicky Henderson
1 Valtor 33/1
2 Jammin Masters 7/1
3 Benatar 8/1
12 ran Distances: 8l, ½l, 7l
Time: 6m 3.20s (slow by 20.20s)
Making his debut for Nicky Henderson, Valtor looked thoroughly exposed from his form in France - but he made a mockery of his opening mark of 148.
The fact that Daryl Jacob chose to ride Alan King's Full Glass in the same Isaac Souede and Simon Munir ownership saw Valtor sent off a 33/1 chance with James Bowen in the saddle.
While half-a-dozen held a chance half a mile out, by the time Valtor jumped the second-last the race was over - and he crossed the line eight lengths clear of a staying-on Jammin Masters, with Benatar seemingly failing to stay in third.
Henderson said: ""He surprised us a bit obviously, but he is just a nice old professional type of horse.
"When you have been jumping Auteuil as long as he has, for him to come and jump English fences like he has today, that is the rarity of it. He was just perfect all the time.
"The National is the plan, because that is what he was bought for, but we've shown our hand. We were on a learning curve today, but he's won a very valuable prize - which is great."
Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed)
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 7f 180y, Class 1
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Valtor (FR) 33/1||James Bowen
|N J Henderson||9|
|2nd||8||Jammin Masters (IRE) 7/1||G Sheehan
|3rd||½||Benatar (IRE) 8/1||J E Moore
|G L Moore||6|
|4th||7||Solighoster (FR) 50/1||R T Dunne
|N P Mulholland||6|
|5th||3½||The Last Samuri (IRE) 15/2||N D Fehily
|6th||2¼||Favorito Buck's (FR) 7/1||H Cobden
|P F Nicholls||6|
|7th||nk||Flying Angel (IRE) 16/1||Thomas Bellamy
|N A Twiston-Davies||7|
|8th||8||Thomas Patrick (IRE) 11/2f||R Johnson
|9th||7||Gold Present (IRE) 6/1||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||8|
|10th||nse||Minella Daddy (IRE) 12/1||Sean Bowen
|11th||15||Otago Trail (IRE) 7/1||Charlie Deutsch
|Miss V Williams||10|
|PU||Full Glass (FR) 9/1||D A Jacob