• Fergie’s Give Me A Copper scores

By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent

GIVE Me A Copper – selected by – obliged when landing the Badger Beers Silver Trophy at a chilly Wincanton.

Give Me A Copper, part-owned by ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was at the races, completed a Wincanton 17-1 treble.

Give Me A Copper, backed from 6-1 to 5-1, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden, bagged the £34,000 winner’s booty, ahead of Soupy Soups (10-1) with Royal Vacation (16-1) third.

“It was nice for Give Me A Copper to win – he produced at just the right time. It was exciting at the end, you couldn’t beat it,” said Ferguson.

“I was a little bit worried, fitness wise, but he did well,” said jockey Cobden.

“The key is being fresh and he showed the promise he had shown, after problems last year,” said Nicholls.

“He has entries in the Ayr and Aintree Grand Nationals,” said Nicholls, who could run Give Me A Copper in December.

Champion Hurdle contender Fusil Raffles (4-7), headlined  by, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Daryl Jacob, won the Unibet G2 Elite Hurdle.

“I was delighted with him. He’s a very good, tough horse. He came out on top. I knew that I had to dig in,” said Jacob.

“It was a relief. I didn’t think he was ready, really. We only recently started serious work. I think there is a lot to come,” said Henderson.

Reserve Tank (4-5) trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Robbie Power selected by returned to the winner’s enclosure.

Fiddlerontheroof, Native Robin Vanamos, Oscar Ceremony, Excelarator Express, Jelski, Cepage, Rosy World and Roksana were amongst placed each-way selections. Vulcan Bomber NR.

“A great horse – gutsy – in what was a real battle. It’s great to be back in the saddle this time of the year ” said Nico De Boinville, jockey on Top Notch, getting the upper hand against Roksana at Aintree.

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