A week of sustained success reached fresh heights on Saturday with the heart-warming victory of Give Me A Copper in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy at my local track Wincanton.
It is a race I always like to target and have now won it ten times but this is the first time I’ve also been a part owner of the winner along with four others in the horse including Sir Alex Ferguson and the yard’s sponsor Ged Mason.
The presence of Sir Alex at Wincanton ensured bags of media interest before and after the race which has to be good for our sport. He loves winning and couldn’t have been happier after cheering home Give Me A Copper in the closing stages. The horse has had niggling issues and ran only three times last season after missing the previous campaign. But he is a sound jumper for one with limited experience over fences. I was pretty sure there was a big prize in him and told Ged in May that he may win the Badger Chase.
The key on Saturday was the rain in the morning which definitely helped his cause and didn’t suit Present Man who was seeking an unprecedented hat trick in the race but this time was unable to dominate from the front.
I’ve always felt Give Me A Copper could be a National horse and might send him to Aintree in a month’s time for the Becher Chase over the big fences.
Earlier on Saturday If You Say Run was second in the Rising Stars Chase and Grand Sancy ran a cracker as he came tantalisingly close to winning the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle before going down by three quarters of a length to Fusil Raffles.
We then ended the day on a high after Confirmation Bias won the closing bumper despite showing signs of greenness.
The scoreboard had been ticking over busily all week and I was really pleased by the success of Silver Forever in the Class 2 mares’ novice hurdle at Newbury. She toughed it out on the run in after leading throughout and could be back at Newbury at the end of the month during Ladbrokes Trophy weekend. She is brilliant at her hurdles and has a great attitude.
Team Ditcheat will be busy again over the next seven days and we have some interesting runners at Cheltenham next weekend.
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