Wednesday 18 October 2017

Quentin delivers for Daly

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, pulling 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 (Quentin Collonges) tiny but tough and is as hard as nails. The tongue strap helped today and I'd imagine he'll have another entry in the Scottish National."

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