THE Grade Three William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup is becoming a Paul Nicholls benefit after the 10-time champion jumps trainer extended his domination of the feature Newbury chase to nine victories with San Benedeto on Saturday.

One of three stable runners in the field for the £50,000 race, San Benedeto emerged from a recent slump in form to beat Gala Ball by two-and-a-quarter lengths and secure a welcome comeback victory for Nick Scholfield on his first ride for three weeks.

It was a double on the day for Nicholls as McFabulous secured victory in the final race, while Crooks Peak, Carole’s Destrier and Laughing Luis were among the other winners.