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  • Houblon Denies Cedre at Ascot

Mappin & Webb Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £24,477 2nd £9,222 3rd £4,615 4th £2,306 5th £1,157 6th £579 7th £287 8th £148
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 23.48s
  • Off time: 15:00:18
  • Last Updated: December 21 2013, 15:31 GMT

Houblon Des Obeaux valiantly justified 6/4 favouritism in the Mappin & Webb Silver Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot.

Houblon Des Obeaux on his way to winning at Ascot
Houblon Des Obeaux on his way to winning at Ascot

Venetia Williams' representative looked beaten once Cedre Bleu joined the party, but Aidan Coleman's partner found more on the run-in to score by a neck.

Williams said: "He'd lost a bit of confidence and, in that sort of ground, it makes it all the more difficult.

"With a circuit to go I thought, 'He doesn't win', but it was a great ride from Aidan.

"I've seen Cedre Bleu run like that before and Aidan said that when he came to his quarters, Houblon found more.

"I haven't got a plan, but we'll try to formulate one."


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