Ascot offers Guinness bonus

Ascot is offering a bonus of £10,000 to any horse placed in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel on September 14 that goes on to win the Silver Cup.

Menorah features among the Silver Cup entries

A bonus of £2,000 is also offered if any such horse is placed in the valuable handicap chase which is run over three miles on December 17.

Rightville Boy (Patrick Neville) was runner-up in the Guinness Kerry National before going on to take fourth in the Munster National at Limerick on October 9.

County Limerick-based Neville is planning a trip to Ascot for the eight-year-old, who is a four-time winner in Ireland.

Neville said: "I am hoping to run Rightville Boy in the Silver Cup at Ascot next month, all being well.

"There is nice bonus on offer and it is a nice race to go for. He hasn't run for the last month and half, to help freshen him up for Ascot.

"I think the three miles should be fine for him as he has been second in a Kerry National and fourth in the Munster National.

"He is a very good jumper. He wants soft ground and has won on heavy ground, while when he won at Killarney it was yielding.

"He jumps and stays. If you are in, you have to take your chance."

A high-class entry of 45 includes G1 scorer Menorah (Philip Hobbs) and Irish Cavalier (Rebecca Curtis), who got the better of Menorah when taking the G2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in October.

Smart second-season chasers Otago Trail (Venetia Williams), successful in the Listed Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle last weekend, and recent Aintree scorer Thomas Brown (Harry Fry) also feature along with More Of That (Jonjo O'Neill), winner of the World Hurdle in 2014.

Away from the track on the Saturday, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. Mulled wine, mince pies, carol singing and a special visit from Father Christmas, plus free Fairground Rides such as Train Ride, Swing Boats and Tea Cups, are among the attractions on offer.

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