Houblon denies Cedre at Ascot

Houblon Des Obeaux valiantly justified 6/4 favouritism in the Mappin & Webb Silver Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot.

Venetia Williams' representative looked beaten once Cedre Bleu joined the party, but Aidan Coleman's partner found more on the run-in to score by a neck.

Williams said: "He'd lost a bit of confidence and, in that sort of ground, it makes it all the more difficult.

"With a circuit to go I thought, 'He doesn't win', but it was a great ride from Aidan.

"I've seen Cedre Bleu run like that before and Aidan said that when he came to his quarters, Houblon found more.

"I haven't got a plan, but we'll try to formulate one."