Howden Silver Cup Handicap Chase
Listed Handicap Chase, Ascot 15:00
£100,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 7f 180y, Class 1  
Saturday 23rd December 2023


1 Victtorino 4/1
2 Yeah Man 5/1
3 Flegmatik 14/1
10 ran NR: Bangers And Cash
Distances: ¾l, 3¾l, 1l Time: 6m 9.46s (slow by 14.46s)

Victtorino extended the remarkable streak of victories for both Venetia Williams and Charlie Deutsch, seizing victory over three miles.

A heated duel unfolded between Flash Collonges and Git Maker at the forefront, their battle raging for an extended period. However, their ambitious pace exacted a toll, and they conceded defeat before reaching the crucial home turn.

Approaching the second-last obstacle, a quartet formed a tightly-knit group, navigating the challenges of the course. Meanwhile, Charlie Deutsch, demonstrating patience and strategic finesse astride Victtorino, remained poised behind. Remarkably, the five-year-old contender carried the burden of 12st in this fiercely competitive race.

With two impeccable leaps, the 4-1 shot seized control, showcasing mastery over the course. Deutsch and Victtorino, always holding the upper hand, repelled the belated surge from Yeah Man, securing victory by a margin of three-quarters of a length. In the skilled hands of Deutsch, Victtorino emerged triumphant, a testament to their harmonious partnership in the challenging contest.

“He’s remarkably grown up for a five-year-old and is really exciting,” said Williams.

“It looked like it wasn’t going to go for us today, there was a strong pace and he wanted to go on the outside, but Blackjack Magic was holding that position and he couldn’t really get by into the position he wanted.

“From Swinley Bottom up, it was pedal to the metal and he met a few of those on an awkward stride, which made things difficult for him, but he dealt with it.

“To see him then go on to the line, and obviously he was being caught, but Charlie felt when the other horse got to his quarters, he felt him pick up a little bit.”


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

1    Victtorino 5 12-0 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 4/1
¾ Yeah Man 6 11-2 Gavin Cromwell Jonathan Burke 5/1
Flegmatik 8 11-9 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 14/1
1 Blackjack Magic 8 11-10 Anthony Honeyball Rex Dingle 7/2F
Switch Hitter 8 11-7 Paul Nicholls Freddie Gingell 18/1
Git Maker 7 11-5 Jamie Snowden Gavin Sheehan 9/2
3 Make Me A Believer 8 11-3 David Pipe Jack Tudor 16/1
3 Larry 10 11-5 Gary Moore Tom Cannon 16/1
Hascoeur Clermont 6 10-12 Gavin Cromwell Conor Stone-Walsh 10/1
11 Flash Collonges 8 11-6 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 18/1
NR 5 Bangers And Cash 7 11-7 Ben Pauling NON RUNNER

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