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Quentin Battles to Take bet365 Gold Cup
27/04/13

1 Quentin Collonges 14/1
2 Same Difference 15/2
3 Away We Go 6/1F
4 Muirhead 16/1
NR: Dover's Hill
19 ran Distances: 2l, 13l, 1l
TIME 7m 23.10s (slow by 8.10s)

Classy stayer Quentin Collonges helped trainer Henry Daly and jockey Andrew Tinkler end the jumps season on a high by edging a terrific duel with Same Difference for the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

Quentin Collonges
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Quentin Collonges

The grey, who won the Grimthorpe at Doncaster on his most recent start, depends upon better ground and had been redirected from last weekend's Scottish Grand National when the rain poured down at Ayr.

Easing the memory for Daly of Briery Fox's narrow defeat by Hennessy in this race four years earlier, Quentin Collonges (14-1) and Same Difference had the famous old handicap to themselves over the demanding uphill finish and they were eventually separated by just two lengths.

With Galaxy Rock and Becauseicouldntsee combining for a fierce pace for much of the way, quite a few were closing in with a challenge around the Pond Fence three from home, including 6-1 favourite Away We Go, but he clouted the second-last and could only manage a distant third-placed position.

Daly said: "We were going to go to Scotland but the ground was so heavy, so we came here instead. He's not big enough to jump the fences when it's soft, so he's had a light campaign.

"Briery Fox led over the last here and got beat, so it's a very nice end of season race to win. I'd imagine he'll go for good staying chases next year, but he's so small that the National fences would seem very big for him. It's something we'll have to think about."

Tinkler added: "It's great that on a day Nicky Henderson is crowned champion trainer, another of the trainers I ride for has won a big race.

"He stays so well, but it's his attitude that helps him to stay, he's so tough."

Nigel Twiston-Davies said of the runner-up: "I thought we were going to win, but we were giving 9lb away to an improving horse."

 

Bet365 Gold Cup Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3)
£150,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 5f 110y, Class 1
19 ran

Going: Good

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Quentin Collonges
H D Daly
A Tinkler
10st 12lbs
14 - 1
Winner
2
Same Difference
N A Twiston-Davies
S Twiston-Davies
11st 7lbs
15 - 2
2 lengths
3
Away We Go
W P Mullins
D G Lavery
10st 11lbs
6 - 1
13 lengths
4
Muirhead
N Meade
D J Condon
11st 1lbs
16 - 1
1 length
5
Hadrian's Approach
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 10lbs
7 - 1
1 1/4 length
6
There's No Panic
P F Nicholls
Ryan Mahon
10st 11lbs
14 - 1
1/2 length
7
Duke Of Lucca
P J Hobbs
T J O'Brien
11st 3lbs
12 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
8
On Trend
N J Gifford
Tom Cannon
11st 1lbs
25 - 1
8 lengths
9
Ikorodu Road
M Sheppard
C Poste
10st 12lbs
33 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
10
Saint Are
Tim Vaughan
D C Costello
11st 1lbs
20 - 1
10 lengths
11
Michel Le Bon
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 12lbs
22 - 1
19 lengths
12
Hold On Julio
A King
W Hutchinson
11st 8lbs
10 - 1
Short Head
13
Galaxy Rock
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
11st 2lbs
14 - 1
5 lengths
14
Becauseicouldntsee
N F Glynn
M J Ferris
11st 0lbs
16 - 1
15 lengths
15
Tatenen
R Rowe
Aidan Coleman
10st 13lbs
33 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
PulledUp
Balthazar King
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 9lbs
14 - 1
PulledUp
Well Refreshed
G L Moore
J E Moore
11st 5lbs
11 - 1
PulledUp
The Rainbow Hunter
K C Bailey
J M Maguire
11st 1lbs
25 - 1
PulledUp
Mr Moss
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
11st 1lbs
12 - 1
NonRunner
Dover's Hill
Mrs Mary Hambro
S Thomas
11st 1lbs
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