Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge 2014
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Patrice Quinton and Ecurie Des Dunes win the 2014 Crystal Cup series.

Any Currency brought up a fantastic Martin Keighley double with Aidan Coleman riding the winner of the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Handicap on day one of The International meeting at Cheltenham on Friday, December 12.

Star D'Estruval, trained by Christo Aubert and ridden by Ludovic Philipperon, won the Grand Steeple Chase Cross Country De Compiegne on November 15.

1 Star D'Estruval 157/10
2 Quick Baby 32/1
3 Saying Again 29/1
14 ran Distances: 6l, 4l, 3l
TIME 7m 46.42s

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Orphee Des Blins

Orphee Des Blins, trained by Greg Wroblewski and ridden by Jan Faltejsek, won the Velka Pardubicka for the third year in succession.

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Ara Gold, trained by Paolo Favero and ridden by Josef Bartos, won the Premio Delle Nazioni - Memorial Marco Rocca on September 27.

Results with Owner, Trainer and Jockey

1st - Ara Gold - P Favero, P Favero, J Bartos
2nd - Arman - Stall Grimminger, J Vana Sr, J Vana Jnr
3rd - Valsugana - SC. Ostanel SRL, E Ostanel, C Chan
4th - Lost Steps - Ecurie Des Dunes, P Quinton, H Terrien
5th - Monjoliano - P Favero, P Favero, D Pastuszka

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Grand Cross Country De Craon

Balthazar King and Richard Johnson successfully defended their title in the Grand Cross-Country de Craon on September 7.

Balthazar King
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Balthazar King
Philip Hobbs' versatile 10-year-old fell on his most recent visit to France in a big event at Le Lion d'Angers in late May, having earlier chased home Pineau De Re in the Grand National.

The dual winner of the Cheltenham Festival cross-country race was paraded in front of the stands at the north-western French course after his three-length defeat of Kapville.

Results with jockey, trainer and owners

1st - Balthazar King - Richard Johnson, Philip Hobbs, The Brushmakers
2nd - Kapville - Wilfrid Denuault, E Leenders, Comte AA. Maggiar
3rd - Posilox - Olivier Jouin, W Menuet, M Darchy
4th - Sergent Collins - Alban Desvaux, Gil Chaignon, Gil Chaignon
5th - Tornado De Kerser - Thomas Beaurain, P Quinton, Ecurie Des Dunes
6th - Pasquini Rouge - Jordan Duchene, P Quinton, Ecurie Des Dunes

Royal Fou wins the ING Grand Steeple Chase of Flanders

Royal Fou, trained by Patrice Quinton and ridden by Jordan Duchene, led home a 1-2-3 for the stable in the ING Grand Steeple Chase of Flanders.

It was a fourth consecutive win for Quinton in the race which was the fifth race in the Crystal Cup cross country series.

Results - Trainer, Jockey, Owner

1st - Royal Fou - Patrice Quinton, J Duchene, Ecurie Des Dune
2nd - Taupin Rochelais - Patrice Quinton, Th Beaurain, Ecurie Des Dune
3rd - Martalin - Patrice Quinton, J Zuliani, Ecurie Des Dune
4th - Marley Roca - F Caenepeel, D Ulinski, F Caenepeel
5th - Arnulf - S Foucher, D Delalande, J. P Vanden Heede
6th Reveur Du Grandval - X. L Le Stang, K Dubourg, O Lindon Vander

Posilox Conquers Prix Anjou Loire Challenge

Posilox, trained by W Menuet and ridden by Romain Julliot, won the Prix Anjou Loire Challenge at Lion D'Angers on May 29.

Phakos finished 2nd, Kapville 3rd, Shalimar Fromentro 4th and Jacks Island 5th.

Jacks Island Wins the Crystal Cup Race at Punchestown

Jacks Island, trained by John Kenny and ridden by leading conditional jockey Ger Fox, won The Avon Ri Corporate & Leisure resort Cross Country Steeplechase for the La Touche Cup at Punchestown.

The victory was the first for the 11 year old in over three years.

2nd Keep on Track, (Enda Bolger/Mr B M Lineham),
3rd Uncle Junior (Willie Mullins/Mr P W Mullins),
4th Quantitativeeasing (Enda Bolger/Nina Carberry)

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Grand Steeple-Chase Cross-Country De Fontainebleau

Toutancarmont, trained by Isabelle Pacault, won the Grand Steeple-Chase Cross Country de Fontainebleau for the second year in a row on April 2.

Temoin Du Calif, also trained by Mme Pacault, was second and Kapville finished third.

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Sulon Wins the Grand Cross De Pau Reverdy

The eight-year-old, owned by Mme Patrick Papot was ridden by Jerome Zuliani.

Four time winner of the race Malberaux was 2nd and Touco 3rd

Results of the Grand Cross De Pau Reverdy:

1st - Sulon - Mme Patrick Papot, Patrice Quinton, Jerome Zuliani
2nd - Malberaux - Michel Pigaut, P Cottin, David Cottin
3rd - Touco - C&Y Lerner, PH Peltier, Bertrand Lestrade
4th - Toutancarmont - Mme P Papot/EC Mirande, Mme I Pacault, J Plouganou
5th - Uroquois - Mme Magalen Bryant, P Cottin, Bertrand Bourez

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Crystal Cup Cross Country Challenge 2014

02 February Pau - France 70,000 Euros
02 April Fontainebleau - France 40,000 Euros
01 May Punchestown - Ireland 30,000 Euros
29 May Lion D'Angers - France 112,000 Euros
02 September Waregem - Belgium 100,000 Euros
07 September Craon - France 75,000 Euros
26 September Merano - Italy 30,000 Euros
12 October Pardubice - Czech Republic 178,000 Euros
15 November Compiegne - France 50,000 Euros
12 December Cheltenham - England 30,000 Euros

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