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Quentin Collonges

Same Difference (red): second to Quentin Collonges in last season's bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown

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Defectors ensure bet365 Gold Cup shake-up

SIX of the top 11 in the betting were absent as five-day declarations for the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown were published on Monday.

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A market shake-up looks assured after Tidal Bay, Mossey Joe, Triolo D'Alene, Merry King, Night In Milan and Argocat were all taken out of the feature race of the final day of the 2013-14 jumps season.

Still in contention are ante-post favourite Roalco De Farges and last year's Scottish Grand National winner Godsmejudge among 38 declarations also featuring last year's runner-up Same Difference and with the weights now headed by Houblon Des Obeaux from Bury Parade.

Also at Sandown on Saturday, Sire De Grugy could meet the runner-up and third from the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

The season's outstanding chaser is one of 11 entries in the bet365 Celebration Chase alongside Somersby and Module who chased him home at the Cheltenham Festival.

Another Cheltenham winner, Spring Heeled, could also be present after featuring among 13 entries in the bet365 Oaksey Chase. The winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase also has the option of the main event, the bet365 Gold Cup.

 
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