Venetia Williams' Shangani won the StanJames.com Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury.
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There was a dramatic finale to the two and a half mile Grade Three contest as it appeared as though Ryan Mahon aboard Rebel Rebellion failed to account for the elbow close home.
Tom Scudamore was forced to create his own space, edging his rival out of the way in order to take the correct course and his mount ran on strongly to edge past his rival and complete a double on the card for the winning trainer who also saddled the third.
Only seven runners went to post but the race was run at a strong gallop and Shangani and Rebel Rebellion were going head-to-head from a long way out.
They jumped the last together but Rebel Rebellion got away from the last the better and seemed likely to give Paul Nicholls a seventh win in the race in nine years but he began to falter in the closing stages and ultimately finished a length and a quarter behind Shangani to whom he was conceding a stone.
Scudamore said: "Ryan's horse was lugging and it wasn't really his fault, but he eventually managed to pull him round the island. I couldn't exactly get round him any way, but thankfully he picked up again and it was a good spare ride to have."
"It's very diffiuclt to see where you're going. We know the rules but I'm sure it will happen again."
The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference on the run in and, having heard the evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that Rebel Rebellion had interfered with the winner, and found Mahon guilty of careless riding and suspended him for four days.
He said: "I was lugging left but I should have corrected him earlier."
Shangani is engaged in the Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham and Williams said: "I was worried he wouldn't get in, but he now has a 5lb penalty, and 50 grand!"