Silver Cup Handicap Chase

Listed Handicap Chase, Ascot 15:00
£60,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 7f 180y, Class 1  
Saturday 19th December 2020

1 Mister Malarky 16/1
2 The Conditional 7/2
3 Regal Encore 17/2
10 ran NR: Enfant Roi Distances: 1¾l, 3l, 5l

Mister Malarky provided the Colin Tizzard yard with a much-needed pre-Christmas tonic when returning to winning ways in this listed handicap.

Winners have not been flowing with their usual fluency from the stable in the first half of the season – which must have been hard to fathom, given their understandable optimism as the campaign began.

Mister Malarky had shown little since winning a valuable handicap at Kempton in February, but he has always had plenty of ability.

To the fore throughout under Harry Cobden, with retained rider Robbie Power in action at Haydock, he barely put a foot wrong.

When joined late on by The Conditional and Ascot specialist Regal Encore, Mister Malarky pulled out more to score by a length and three-quarters from David Bridgwater’s Cheltenham Festival winner.

Cobden told ITV Racing: “Things haven’t quite been going right for them (the Tizzard stable) in the early part of this year, but this lad has gone and won.

“I’ve had plenty of success for them in the past. But of late Robbie (Power) has been riding them, so to win on this lad today is great.

“He’s enjoyed it, travelled well and jumped great. He was looking about on the run-in today – but when The Conditional joined him he went again, so I’m delighted.

“I’d ride him in the National – he wouldn’t touch a twig.”

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Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed)
10 ran
Going: Heavy

1      Mister Malarky 7 11-5 Colin Tizzard Harry Cobden 16/1
The Conditional 8 11-1 David Bridgwater Brendan Powell 7/2
3 Regal Encore 12 11-5 Anthony Honeyball Richie McLernon 17/2
5 Sub Lieutenant 11 11-2 Georgie Howell Tabitha Worsley 66/1
15 Flying Angel 9 10-9 Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Bellamy 11/1
6 Fauburg Rosetgri 8 10-12 Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob 66/1
12 Beware The Bear 10 11-12 Nicky Henderson Jeremiah McGrath 15/2
3 Espoir De Guye 6 11-5 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 11/4F
10 Quarenta 8 10-11 Jonjo O'Neill Jonjo O'Neill Jr 15/2
FELL Ardlethen 7 10-6 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 11/2
NR 11 Enfant Roi 6 10-1 Sophie Leech NON RUNNER