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Quentin Collonges lords it over Grimthorpe rivals

Updated: Saturday, 02 Mar 2013 23:40 | Comments

Paul Moloney (pictured) partnered Quentin Collonges to victory in the feature at Doncaster
Paul Moloney (pictured) partnered Quentin Collonges to victory in the feature at Doncaster

Henry Daly fulfilled an ambition by saddling Quentin Collonges to win the William Hill Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster.

Despite hailing from Shropshire, Daly has fired a few arrows at the perceived Grand National trial without success.

It took a leap of faith to fancy the grey but he was sent off at 15-2 under Andrew Tinkler, who gave him a very positive ride from the front.

After a few breathtaking leaps on the second circuit, his pursuers were soon under pressure and only Mr Moss emerged as a serious threat.

Paul Moloney had worked wonders to get his awkward ride into contention but when he drew level on the run-in, the result looked inevitable.

Quentin Collonges was not to be denied, though, and pulled out more for a half-length success.

"I've been trying to win this race for a while," said Daly.

"Possol was favourite three years ago but nearly fell at the first and second.

"He's tiny but tough and is a pleasure to train and is as hard as nails

"The tongue strap helped today and I'd imagine he'll have another entry in the Scottish National. He was well fancied in it last year.

"He needs a trip, good ground and to go left."

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