‘He’s been an incredible horse’


Ascot: Cap Du Nord proved to be a welcome victory for Christian Williams.

After Cap Du Nord won the Swinley Handicap Chase, Christian Williams returned home victorious, confident that he would have a good chance of success at Ascot.

The Coral Trophy winner from the previous year was forced to postpone a defense of his title next week at Kempton due to the possibility of Frodon appearing, but the move proved wise when he stormed to victory under Jack Tudor.

It was Williams’ first win at Ascot. He had a slow season with only nine winners, but he bounced back to the main stage thanks to his reliable handicapper’s seventh chase win for The Can’t Say No Partnership.

“It’s superb, he’s been an incredible horse,” winning owner Ian Marmion said. “He’s run for us since he was five and he’s still showing up at the age of ten, and that was perhaps the easiest he’s ever won.

“Christian’s had a quiet season and we needed a good Saturday winner for him. We went close at Doncaster in the Sky Bet and we intended to go to Kempton next week for the Coral Trophy, but it looks like Frodon might run and we’d be out of the handicap. Christian said on Tuesday we should go at Ascot and just look how right he was.

“We’re not out of Kempton just yet, we’ll pick up a little penalty and if all is well and good we might just try to rattle them next Saturday as well.”

Claimer Philip Armson, filling in for the retired Tom Scudamore, tried to catch the winner on Neon Moon, but Cap Du Nord won by seven lengths, earning a kiss from Marmion in the winner’s enclosure. Armson had to settle for second place.

“If you could have 100 of him you’d have 100 horses,” he said. “He does every dance for us, he’s just brilliant. We paid £30,000 for him and he’s won us about £300,000 now. He’s the biggest winner in Christian’s yard now, and we’re not finished yet.”

Because they lined up before the starter’s flag was raised, each of the fourteen jockeys received a one-day suspension for misconduct at the start.



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