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Nick and Jane Williams Win the 2013 Crystal Cup

1 Sire Collonges 7/1
2 Any Currency 9/2
3 Pasquini Rouge 16/1
13 ran Distances: ½l, 2¼l, hd
TIME 8m 17.90s (slow by 13.90s)

Sire Collonges
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Sire Collonges

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
2 Sarika 21/1
3 Lady De Crusse 73/10
15 ran Distances: 2½l, 10l, 10l
TIME 4m 35.00s

Nick & Jane Williams's horses finished first and second in the Grand Steeple Chase Cross Country de Compiegne.

Maljimar (left)
© Caroline Norris

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
2 Nikas 35/1
3 Klaus 13/1
NR: Broker (GER)
20 ran Distances: dist, 3½l, 1½l
TIME 9m 33.22s

Orphee Des Blins ran his rivals into the ground as he completed back-to-back victories in the Velka Pardubicka at Pardubice.

Orphee Des Blins

Orphee Des Blins
Ridden by Jan Faltejsek, best known in Britain for his association with the George Charlton-trained Knockara Beau, the 11-year-old put up a sterling display.

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
2 Nils 84/10
3 Maljimar 11/10F
8 ran Distances: 1¾l, 2¼l, 1¼l
TIME 8m 45.80s

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.

Horse, Trainer, Jockey & Owner

1st - Wan - Paolo Favero, Sc Vama Di Dolzan Renzo, Raffaele Romano
2nd - Nils - Paolo Favero, Paolo Favero, Josef Bartos
3rd - Maljimar - Nick Williams, Jane Williams, James Reveley
4th - Arman - Josef Vana, Stall Grimminger-Vana, Marek Stromsky
5th - Pareto Cze - Cestmir Olehla, Wrbna Racing, Jaroslaw Myska
6th - Ilion- Josef Vana, Statek Chyse-Vana, Davide Columbu


Balthazar King Wins the Grand Cross Country De Craon

1 Balthazar King 15/1
2 Quick Baby 17/2
3 Beuillac 7/1
14 ran Distances: 2½l, 2½l, 5l
TIME 8m 4.36s

Balthazar King
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Balthazar King

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.”

Horse, Trainer, Jockey & Owner

1st - Balthazar King - Philip Hobbs, Richard Johnson, The Brushmakers
2nd - Quick Baby - Jerome Follain, A Thierry, Jerome Follain
3rd - Beuillac - G Macaire, James Reveley, Jean-Michel Reillier
4th - Chriseti - E Leenders, W Denuault, Joel Blandon
5th - Shalimar Fromentro - Nick Williams, A De Chitray, Jane Williams
6th - Posilox - W Menuet, O Jouin, Michel Darchy


Toutancarmont Wins Prix Anjou-Loire Challenge

1 Toutancarmont 3/1
2 Phakos 12/1
3 Maljimar 32/1
14 ran Distances: 1l, nk, 1l
TIME 10m 12.31s

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.

Big Shu
© Caroline Norris

Big Shu
Another Jewel, trained by Denis Murphy, winner of the race in 2011 was second with Bostons Angel, trained by Jessica Harrington in third.

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
2nd - Another Jewel - Denis Murphy, Bryan Cooper
3rd - Bostons Angel - Jessie Harrington, Robbie Power
4th - Saddlers Storm - Tony Martin, Paul Carberry
5th - Givemeabuzz - G M O'Neill, Andrew J McNamara
6th - Lydon House - Barry T Murphy, John Cullen


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
2nd - Sir Rowan - W Denuault, Mme S Crepin-Berard, J Planque
3rd - Sacree Tiepy - D Cottin, E Clayeux, E Clayeux
4th - Sulon - J Zuliani, Mme P Papot, Patrice Quinton
5th - Quick Baby - A Thierry, J Follain, J Follain
6th - Shalimar Fromentro - J Reveley, Jane Williams, Nick Williams


Reste Demohaison Wins Grand Cross De Pau

Reste Demohaison & Nathalie Desoutter

Reste Demohaison & Nathalie Desoutter
Reste Demohaison, trained by Francois Cottin and ridden by Nathalie Desoutter, wins the first leg of the Crystal Cup for 2013.

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
2nd - Quick Baby - Jerome Follain, Jerome Follain, Anthony Thierry
3rd - Star De Livet - E Leray, E Leray, Stephane Paillard
4th - Quick Gold - Claude Herman, E Leray, Marc-Antoine Dragon


    03 February - Pau - France 65,000 Euros
    03 April - Fontainebleau - France 40,000 Euros
    25 April - Punchestown - Ireland 30,000 Euros
    09 May - Lion D'Angers - France 112,000 Euros
    27 August - Waregem - Belgium 100,000 Euros
    01 September - Craon - France 75,000 Euros
    20 September - Merano - Italy 30,000 Euros
    13 October - Pardubice - Czech Republic 178,000 Euros
    19 November - Compiegne - France 40,000 Euros
    13 December - Cheltenham - England 30,000 Euros

Crystal Cup 2012

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