Nick and Jane Williams Win the 2013 Crystal Cup
1 Sire Collonges 7/1
Husband and wife team of Nick & Jane Williams, from Devon, won the Crystal Cup for the second year in succession.
James Reveley finished the series as the leading jockey and Maljimar was awarded the trophy for the leading horse.
The final race in the Crystal Cup series at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by Sire Collonges, trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Mrs Angela Tincknell & Mr W Tincknell.
Maljimar Wins in Compiegne
1 Maljimar 19/5F
Nick & Jane Williams's horses finished first and second in the Grand Steeple Chase Cross Country de Compiegne.
Maljimar, ridden by James Reveley finished first and Sarika, ridden by Alain de Chitray finished second. Third home was Lady De Crusse, ridden by Wilfrid Denuault.
Velka Pardubicka Repeat for Orphee Des Blins
1 Orphee Des Blins 3/1C
Orphee Des Blins ran his rivals into the ground as he completed back-to-back victories in the Velka Pardubicka at Pardubice.
In a dramatic race, only a third of the field finished the gruelling extended four and a quarter mile course over 30 fences.
No horse could get to within a challenging position of the winner, who galloped the opposition into submission. Nikas was a long way back in second place, with Klaus third and Kasim fourth.
Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell pulled up his mount Seslost, while Nick Williams' runner Shalimar Fromentro was one of the many fallers.
There was drama before the start when Zest For Life slipped up and unseated Sam Waley-Cohen. The pair were able to take part, but parted company at around halfway.
Zest For Life was one of three runners for Irish trainer Enda Bolger, who also saw Freneys Well and Mount Sion fail to complete.
Wan Wins the Premio Delle Nazioni
1 Wan 19/10
Wan, trained by Paolo Favero and ridden by Raffaele Romano, finished first in the seventh race of the Crystal Cup series, the Premio Delle Nazioni at Merano.
Stablemate Nils finished 2nd with Maljimar, trained by Nick Williams, in 3rd place.
1st - Wan - Paolo Favero, Sc Vama Di Dolzan Renzo, Raffaele Romano
Balthazar King Wins the Grand Cross Country De Craon
1 Balthazar King 15/1
Balthazar King, trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson, won the 3m 6f Grand Cross Country De Craon on September 8.
The Jerome Follain-trained Quick Baby finished 2nd with Beuillac, trained by Guillaume Macaire in 3rd place.
Hobbs planned the French raid a while back and he and wife Sarah left Somerset at 6am on Saturday to make sure everything went to plan ahead of the race.
The win was Hobbs’ and Johnson’s first in France – and only their second runner there.
“Where he runs next depends on the ground,” said Hobbs, who flies back today.
“If it is not too soft I would expect him to line up at Cheltenham in November.”
1st - Balthazar King - Philip Hobbs, Richard Johnson, The Brushmakers
Toutancarmont Wins Prix Anjou-Loire Challenge
1 Toutancarmont 3/1
Toutancarmont, trained by Isabelle Pacault and ridden by Jonathan Plouganou, won in a near-blanket finish to Europe's longest steeplechase, while Nick Williams's veteran Maljimar survived two serious blunders to finish just a length back in third.
Big Shu Wins at Punchestown
Big Shu, trained by Peter Maher and ridden by Barry Cash, won the third leg of the 2013 Crystal Cup at Punchestown.
Successful handler Peter Maher explained: "That's a win for all hunting men – myself and Barry are both hunting men.
"I'm based locally near Mondello – where they race the cars - so the horse would be well used to the noise.
"Cheltenham was pretty good but this is special as it's my home track.
"My girlfriend Caroline (Woods) spotted him in the sales. We bought him for Hugh Duffy who owns the greyhound stadium.
"He showed a bit of form in his younger days but then he had problems. He's just got better as he's got older – a bit of age you know – he's just a brilliant horse.
"He's won for me at Cheltenham and Punchestown now – we have enough of these races without travelling further afield."
1st - Big Shu - Peter Maher, Barry Cash
Toutancarmont Wins the Grand Steeple-Chase de Fontainebleau
Toutancarmont, trained by Isabelle Pacault and ridden by Jonathan Plouganou, won the Grand Steeple-Chase Cross Country de Fontainebleau.
Results with horse, Jockey, Owner & Trainer
1st - Toutancarmont - J Plouganou, Mme P Papot, Mme I Pacault
Reste Demohaison Wins Grand Cross De Pau
Malberaux was unable to win the race for the fifth year in succession when falling about a mile from home. Quick Baby, trained by Jerome Follain, finished second of the four finishers with Star De Livet and Quick Gold, both trained by E Leray, filling the remaining places.
Results of the Prix Gaston De Bataille
1st - Reste Demohaison - Ecurie Centrale, Francois Cottin, Nathalie Desoutter
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