Copper bids for more Silver riches

Ascot test suits for Nicholls and Sir Alex.

  • Friday 20 December
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Give Me A Copper bids to provide part-owner Sir Alex Ferguson with another notable success in the Dave Dawes Silver Cup at Ascot.

The nine-year-old sparked memorable scenes of celebration at Wincanton last month after securing Paul Nicholls his 10th victory in the Badger Beer Silver Trophy.

The champion trainer, who is also one of the part-owners, embraced Ferguson as Give Me A Copper passed the post in front – after which the former Manchester United manager said: “Paul was strangling me! I’m covered in coffee.”

Connections considered a tilt at next week’s Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, but instead opted for Saturday’s £100,000 Listed contest with a horse Nicholls hopes will progress to be a Randox Health Grand National contender.

“I’m not convinced he wants the ground that deep, so I think three miles is as far as he would want to go in that ground,” said the Ditcheat handler.

“I wouldn’t want to go to Chepstow with him, with the ground as it is. I think the Grand National will still be the long-term aim.

“Harry (Cobden) wasn’t available to ride him over the National fences, so we decided against the Becher at Aintree.

“This race looked a good race for him, but we will see.”

With stablemate Black Corton heading the field on 11st 12lb under Bryony Frost, Give Me A Copper lines up with 10st 13lb in the hands of Cobden.

Other contenders include the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Crievehill – who is bidding to make it three wins from three starts this season – and Kildisart from Ben Pauling’s yard.

The latter is a dual winner at Ascot and was last seen finishing third behind the top-class Lostintranslation at Carlisle.

Copper bids for more Silver riches
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