Regal Encore emerged from the gloom both metaphorically and in reality, to win the Listed Lavazza Jolie Silver Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot.
Fourteen went to post for this three mile contest, formerly known as the SGB Chase.
Annacotty went straight to the front, but Go Conquer fell heavily at the first.
Settling down, Tenor Nivernais went on from Minella Daddy and Annacotty, with Fletchers Flyer racing wide.
Racing down the straight, with a circuit to race, Minella Daddy and Tenor Nivernais continued to lead and as they set out into the country, they by-passed the damaged first fence down the back. Eduard pulled up abruptly not long afterwards.
Up front, Tenor Nivernais led from Minella Daddy and Fletchers Flyer, with Le Mercurey travelling well and then Annacotty and Another Hero, with Triolo D’Alene tracking these.
Tenor Nivernais was clear at the fourth last but was joined by Minella Daddy three out and this pair turned for home clear of Irish Saint.
Minella Daddy inched into the lead two from home and headed to the final fence ahead of Tenor Nivernais.
However, from out of the fog Regal Encore finished with a flourish under the red-hot Barry Geraghty and stormed into the lead in the final half a furlong to beat Minella Daddy and Tenor Nivernais in a dramatic finish, with Another Hero fourth.
The Anthony Honeyball trained 8 year old had pulled up on five of his previous six starts.
Geraghty and winning owner JP McManus were completing a big-race double following the victory of Unowhatimeanharry in the JLT Long Walk Hurdle.
“He hasn’t been straightforward,” said Geraghty.
“He’s been hard to settle and his jumping has been hit and miss.
“He’s let us down a few days, but he got it all together this time.”
Honeyball said: “I’m just pleased to get a big win under his belt.
“Since he was second in the Champion Bumper (2013), he’s done plenty of good things and been thereabouts in some Graded events, but we feel like this is the one we’ve been waiting to get with him.
“In the Hennessy (Gold Cup) he wasn’t quite right behind going down the back, but he travelled and jumped like a horse that belonged in that company.
“At Cheltenham he nearly got brought down twice, so he got a bit of bad luck there.
“Before that he was second at Punchestown and the latest ‘pulled-ups’ weren’t really a true reflection of him.”
There was a sad postscript as Eduard, trained by Nicky Richards, fractured his right hind leg during the race and had to be put down.