Regal Encore rules supreme in Silver Cup

Second success in valuable Ascot prize could set up another National tilt.

  • Saturday 21 December
  • News
Get a £10 risk-free first bet

Regal Encore ground out a game success in an attritional race for the Dave Dawes Silver Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot.

Winner of this race in 2016, Anthony Honeyball’s 11-year-old pulled out all the stops in the stamina-sapping closing stages for Richie McLernon.

Black Corton made a brave effort from the front, but he had tough task under top-weight and it was those rivals towards the bottom of the handicap over three miles who came to the fore.

Acting Lass and Regal Encore (16-1) fought out a terrific finish, with the latter, owned by JP McManus, getting the verdict by three-quarters of a length. Jerrysback, also carrying the McManus colours, was two and a quarter lengths back in third and Black Corton fourth.

Honeyball said: “He is unbelievable. He has won this race twice, so that’s two £100,000 races and he won a £75,000 race, and his CV is cracking. He was second in a Champion Bumper, third in a Ladbrokes Trophy, placed at all the festivals – Punchestown, Cheltenham and Aintree – and he has been the most fantastic horse.

“It took him a while to live up to his billing, having been such a good bumper horse, but that can happen to a lot of them. He had a year where he wasn’t getting anywhere, but we always rated him and were keen to get him going over fences early in his career.

“He is not overly-big and he has run very well here, that’s for sure, and his CV says he has been good in a lot of places as well.

“But that was bonus country – I really didn’t expect that! This was a jackpot, but we could go down the Grand National route for sure. I would not say he would go on soft or heavy ground, but we can’t be too worried about that.

“He is creeping down a few pounds and was on 142 today, and to run in races like the National you have to maintain the level of form to get you in it.

“What a horse, though, when things are right for him, he takes advantage and I’m sure he reads the papers – he sees a hundred-grand race he seems to know what to do.”

Sign up to bet365. Click to View Bonus Code Details
Up to £30 in free bets
Get £20 in free bets
£20 Risk Free First Bet
Up to £20 in free bets
Up to £10 in free bets
Up to £40 in Bonus funds
100% Bonus up to £100
£20 Free Exchange Bet
Get a £10 risk-free first bet

Existing User?

Forgot your password?

New User?

Sign up using our simple one-page form and you'll be able to access free video form, tips and exclusive content straight away.