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Last Updated: 27/04/13 4:41pm
Quentin Collonges (left): Battling victory at Sandown
The revitalised Quentin Collonges produced a bold display to see off all challengers and take the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.
Back to form when successful at Doncaster on his previous start, the first time he had worn a tongue-tie, the 14/1 chance was always towards the fore under Andrew Tinkler.
Tinkler didn't panic when Galaxy Rock moved into a clear advantage heading down the back straight in the £150,000 contest and brought his mount through to hit the front on the home turn.
Although plenty looked to be going well enough in behind at that point, the winner would not be denied and bravely stuck his neck out on the run-in to hold final challenger Same Difference (15/2) by two lengths.
Daly said: "We were going to go to Scotland (for the Scottish National) but the ground was so heavy (earlier in the week), so we came here instead.
"He's not big enough to jump the fences when it's soft so he's had a light campaign.
"Briery Fox led over the last here and got beat (in 2009) so it's a very nice end-of-season race to win.
"I'd imagine he'll go for good staying chases next year, but he's so small that the National fences would seem very big for him - it's something we'll have to think about."
Tinkler said: "It's great that on a day Nicky Henderson is crowned champion trainer, another of the trainers I ride for has won a big race. He stays so well but it's his attitude that helps him to stay - he's so tough."
Nigel Twiston-Davies said of the runner up: "I thought we were going to win but we were giving 9lb away to an improving horse."
Favourite Away We Go, who had appeared to be travelling better than anything else three out, finished a further 13 lengths back in third having crashed through the second-last fence.
Muirhead was fourth, just ahead of the staying-on Hadrian's Approach, whose jumping was better but far from flawless.
The winner was given a quote of 25/1 for next year's Grand National from Sky Bet.