British runners finish fourth and fifth in the Belgian Grand National
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.
#Arrivée #R6Waregem— Equidia (@equidia) August 27, 2019
Deuxième de cette épreuve en 2017, Calisco de Kerser (Olivier Jouin) permet à son entraîneur Patrice Quinton de remporter un 9 ème Grand Steeple-Chase des Flandres consécutif ! pic.twitter.com/CKHQ2q65pk
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"
#FactOfTheMatter is 5th in the Grand Steeplechase Des Flandres #BelgianGrandGrandNational @waregem_koerse Dwelt at the start but finished like a train under @gavsheehan92 What an experience. pic.twitter.com/fEZeuoDqmP— Jamie Snowden (@jamiesnowden) August 27, 2019
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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