Sodexo Live! Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Grade 3, Ascot 15:45
£100,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 7f 180y, Class 1    
Saturday 4th November 2023

1 Victtorino 20/1
2 Two For Gold 10/1
3 Eldorado Allen 11/2
11 ran NR: Larry Distances: 6l, 1l, 2¼l
Time: 6m 8.68s (slow by 13.68s)

The Venetia Williams-trained French recruit Victtorino looked a long way ahead of the assessor in an easy enough victory.

Having just his second start since joining Williams, and first over fences, the five-year-old was a long way clear at the last but met it on the wrong stride.

Unanswered Prayers and Yeah Man were closing rapidly but both fell independently and the 20-1 chance won by six lengths.

“It was only his second run in this country and his first over fences, and he was the only five-year-old in the race. I have to say I’m very excited and really thrilled,” said Williams.

“He ran in a novice hurdle at Exeter and was beaten a long way. We won this with Houblon Des Obeaux and he was only six at the time.

“He’s a big horse and always looked in a comfortable zone apart from at one fence. My agent found him in France and his price was bearable for me. The future looks rosy.”


Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase
£100,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 7f 180y, Class 1
11 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

1    Victtorino 5 10-12 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 20/1
6 Two For Gold 10 12-0 Kim Bailey David Bass 10/1
3 1 Eldorado Allen 9 12-0 Joe Tizzard Freddie Gingell 11/2
Zhiguli 8 10-2 Gary Moore David Noonan 20/1
Beauport 7 11-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Jordan Nailor 9/2F
FELL Unanswered Prayers 7 10-2 Chris Gordon Freddie Gordon 22/1
FELL Yeah Man 6 10-2 Gavin Cromwell Jonathan Burke 5/1
PU Monbeg Genius 7 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill Jonjo O'Neill Jr 11/2
UR Flegmatik 8 10-13 Dan Skelton Ciaran Gethings 33/1
UR Coeur Serein 9 10-6 Jonjo O'Neill Kevin Brogan 40/1
UR Mucho Mas 7 10-3 Ben Pauling Kielan Woods 5/1
NR Larry 10 10-9 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 12/1

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