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Showcase Trophy Handicap Chase - 19th October 2013  

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Balthazar King Retains Trophy
19/10/13

1 Balthazar King 7/2F
2 Tour Des Champs 11/2
3 Tullamore Dew 20/1
4 Mister Grez 13/2
NR: Ballyoliver
16 ran Distances: 7l, ¾l, hd
TIME 6m 11.59s (slow by 8.59s)

A deluge could not put the dampeners on the celebrations in the Philip Hobbs camp after Balthazar King made most of the running to land the Showcase Trophy Chase at Cheltenham for the third successive year.

Balthazar King
© Racehorse Photos

Balthazar King

Sent off the 7-2 favourite following his cross-country victory at Craon last month, the nine-year-old galloped his 15 rivals into the ground to win the £23,750 first prize and take his winning tally at Cheltenham to five, earning his ninth chase victory in the process.

The crowd favourite stole a march coming down the hill under Richard Johnson and drew further clear the further they went. He had seven lengths to spare over Tour Des Champs, who battled back to take second near the line.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Open meeting is next on the agenda for Balthazar King.

Hobbs said: "We don't really care what the handicapper does now, we'll come back for the cross country race here at the next meeting. To win this race three years in a row is phenomenal. He's just a very good horse.

"He didn't jump well in the Grand National or the bet365 Gold Cup, but hopefully he can win the cross country, a race in which he was second last year."

Sports Betting

 

Showcase Trophy (a Handicap Chase)
£50,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 110y, Class 2
16 ran

Going: Good

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Balthazar King
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 6lbs
7 - 2
Winner
2
Tour Des Champs
N A Twiston-Davies
Sam Twiston-Davies
11st 0lbs
11 - 2
7 lengths
3
Tullamore Dew
N J Gifford
N Fehily
10st 8lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
4
Mister Grez
D Skelton
Harry Skelton
10st 0lbs
13 - 2
Head
5
Bradley
F O'Brien
P J Brennan
10st 11lbs
11 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
6
Queiros Bleu
H de Bromhead
A E Lynch
10st 9lbs
14 - 1
5 lengths
7
Kian's Delight
P Bowen
T J O'Brien
10st 11lbs
14 - 1
17 lengths
8
Pickamus
H D Daly
A Tinkler
11st 2lbs
66 - 1
7 lengths
9
Sire Collonges
P F Nicholls
Mr W Biddick
11st 12lbs
10 - 1
5 lengths
10
Life Of A Luso
P Henderson
Nick Scholfield
11st 1lbs
40 - 1
1 3/4 length
11
Becauseicouldntsee
N F Glynn
M J Ferris
10st 5lbs
14 - 1
16 lengths
12
Vif Argent
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 0lbs
8 - 1
17 lengths
13
Ace High
V R A Dartnall
Jack Doyle
11st 3lbs
14 - 1
10 lengths
14
Well Refreshed
G L Moore
Joshua Moore
11st 8lbs
25 - 1
7 lengths
15
Lost Glory
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 11lbs
14 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
PulledUp
Connectivity
Dr R D P Newland
Aidan Coleman
10st 11lbs
16 - 1
NonRunner
Ballyoliver
Miss V Williams
L Treadwell
10st 12lbs
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