Showcase Trophy Handicap Chase
Cheltenham 15:45
£50,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 2
Saturday 18th October 2014

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1 Roalco De Farges 8/1
2 Standing Ovation 5/1F
3 Alfie Spinner 12/1
NR: Le Bec (FR)
13 ran Distances: 4½l, 2l, 1¾l
TIME 6m 34.10s

What a ride by Tom O'Brien! Roalco De Farges gets up at Cheltenham

Roalco De Farges
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Roalco De Farges

Roalco De Farges powered up the hill under Tom O'Brien to land the feature £50,000 Showcase Trophy.

The red and blue starred colours are of The Brushmakers who also own the admirable Balthazar King, the cross country expert who has collected this race for the last three years.

But with him taking the continental option with a successful raid over unconventional obstacles in France, it was left to his stablemate to collect the prize by four and a half lengths.

Sarah Hobbs, wife of winning trainer Philip, reported extra efforts had been made to get the horse fit first time out.

"He has been going up the woodchip three times a week instead of twice, but we still thought he might have needed it," she said.

"He always carries plenty of condition."

Winning jockey Tom O'Brien added: "He jumped like a stag."

Showcase Trophy (Handicap Chase)
£50,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 2
13 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Age Weight Trainer
1st Roalco De Farges (FR) 8/1
T J O'Brien
9 10-11 P J Hobbs
2nd Standing Ovation (IRE) 5/1F
T Scudamore
7 10-6 D Pipe
3rd 2 Alfie Spinner (IRE) 12/1
P J Brennan
9 10-4 Nick Williams
4th Chicago Grey (IRE) 25/1
K C Sexton (3)
11 11-2 G Elliott
5th Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 7/1
R Johnson
9 11-5 P J Hobbs
6th Golden Chieftain (IRE) 7/1
Brendan Powell
9 10-11 C L Tizzard
7th Mart Lane (IRE) 11/1
D A Jacob
9 11-4 Dr R D P Newland
8th 3 Me And Ben (IRE) 9/1
Conor Shoemark (3)
7 10-7 F M O'Brien
9th ¾ Midnight Appeal 8/1
W Hutchinson
9 11-2 A King
10th 10 Your Busy (IRE) 33/1
D J Casey
11 11-0 J Nash
11th 6 Dursey Sound (IRE) 8/1
B J Geraghty
6 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill
PU Mon Parrain (FR) 16/1
Nick Scholfield
8 11-7 P F Nicholls
PU Sire Collonges (FR) 11/1
S Twiston-Davies
8 11-7 P F Nicholls
NR Le Bec (FR)
Aidan Coleman
6 11-12 Miss E C Lavelle

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