Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle: Knappers Hill far too good for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden at Chepstow | Race News

Knappers Hill looks like a hurdle runner on the upgrade as he landed the Wasdell Group Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow for Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls.

The six-year-old challenged a mark of 141 to take the £75,000 handicap, brushing aside Lord Baddesley to win by two lengths, with Broomfield Burg just under a length further in third.

Jockey Cobden was forced to hit the front between the third and penultimate hurdle, before picking up and holding off the final challengers, including Broomfield Burg duo JP McManus and Didtheyleaveuoutto, who were fourth on the line.

Winner of that meeting in 2021, Nicholls’ second-year winning bumper horse may well be set for a climb following Saturday’s success in Wales.

Speaking after the race, Cobden said Sky Sports Racing: “He’s a good horse. I arrived a little earlier than I wanted to go down to the penultimate but I was running on the rail instead.

“I’d rather get there than have to go around them but he’s a good horse, isn’t he?

“It was a good performance on 141 and he’s not too big, so carrying 11-pound 10-pounders on his back is very heavy.

“Last year we came here for the first time and he kicked half of it off the ground and it wasn’t natural. He’s been to school every Monday since he arrived in August. I think it’s a very classy horse.

“He won an Aintree bumper and the horses that win them probably fancy a trip.”

Sky Sports

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