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British runners finish fourth and fifth in the Belgian Grand National

David Pipe and Jamie Snowden pictured at Waregem
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The humps, bumps and river jumps of Waregem proved much to the liking of the David Pipe-trained Van Gogh Du Granit, who ran an excellent race under top weight to finish fourth in the Grand Steeple-Chase des Flandres.

The ten-year-old finished a place ahead Fact Of The Matter, trained by Jamie Snowden, who dwelt at the start of the 2m7f contest but finished powerfully under Gavin Sheehan.

The daunting jumping test, commonly referred to as the Belgian Grand National, features a mix of large fences, banks and the signature jump over the Gaverbeek river taken in front of the stands.

Pipe tweeted: "Cracking run from Van Gogh Du Granit to finish fourth in the Belgian Grand National under a great ride from David Noonan. Good run from @jamiesnowden to finish fifth also #greatexperience"

In spite of the good performances from both British-trained runners, neither could trouble eventual winner Calisco De Kerser, who stayed on well after the last to give trainer Patrice Quinton a ninth success in the race and claim a winner's pot of over £45,000. 


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The ten-year-old finished a place ahead Fact Of The Matter, trained by Jamie Snowden, who dwelt at the start of the 2m7f contest
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