Give Me A Copper is golden for Paul Nicholls and Sir Alex Ferguson in Badger Beers

Give Me A Copper's connections (including Sir Alex Ferguson) celebrate
Give Me A Copper's connections (including Sir Alex Ferguson) celebrate

Paul Nicholls landed his 10th Badger Beer Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton as Give Me A Copper provided part-owner Sir Alex Ferguson with a famous win.

Nicholls also ran Present Man in the race, who had won the last two renewals under Bryony Frost, but once he relinquished the lead to Rock The Kasbah on the second circuit, his supporters knew their fate.

Rock The Kasbah looked right back to his best and tried stretching the field down the back straight, but Harry Cobden and Give Me A Copper, who has been plagued by injury in recent years, always looked to be travelling comfortably.

There were still a handful in with a chance turning into the straight, with Royal Vacation and Just A Sting holding claims, but in the end is was Soupy Soups who threw down the final challenge.

Soupy Soups was flying after the last, but to his credit, Give Me A Copper had enough left to fend off the lightweight by a neck with Royal Vacation back in third.

As the winner crossed the line Nicholls, who is also one of the part-owners, embraced former Manchester United manager Ferguson.

"I'm thrilled that we've eventually got him right to win a big race," Nicholls told ITV Racing.

"Everything went right today, Harry gave him a great ride and even managed to save a bit for the finish.

"It's great to have a winner in the boss' colours."

Ferguson said: "I'm really pleased. We didn't expect it to be honest, as it was his first run and Paul said he might be a bit fresh, so it's really nice.

"Paul was strangling me! I'm covered in coffee, it was nice to watch - he was produced at the right time between the last two.

"I don't know what we'll do with him now. I love winning and that is why we are all in it, the excitement at the end - you can't beat it."

Cobden said: "He jumped like a stag the whole way, I really fancied him all week, so I'm delighted.

"He's got loads of class. He finds it easy in these big handicaps as he travels well. I managed to get a blow into him going down the back. I'm absolutely delighted."

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