February 2024

Hip Hop Conti strikes a second time in Pau Grand Cross

By |February 18th, 2024|

A fascinating Grand Cross de Pau confirmed the two top exponents of cross country racing in France as favourite Hip Hop Conti reaffirmed his liking for this race with a back-to-back victory by 1 1/2l over the 2022 winner Saint Godefroy, with Harmonie Roque making up the minor placings.

The nine entries whittled down to 7 […]

Select entry for Pau Grand Cross sets up intriguing contest

By |February 12th, 2024|

Hip Hop Conti heads the entries for the Grand Cross de Pau Allianz Olivier Ournac on Sunday, in a select entry of 9. The 7 year old gelding comes into the race on the back of a brace of wins at Pau over shorter distances than the 6,300m (4m)  here, the latest at the end […]

Coco Beach strengthens Elliott hand for Cheltenham Festival cross country

By |February 5th, 2024|

Coco Beach has added to the strength of the Irish challenge for the March leg of the Crystal Cup with a stirring victory in today’s PP Hogan Memorial Cross Country at Punchestown. The  11/8 favourite was prominent throughout, taking up the running at the 18th and putting distance between him and runners-up Genois and Fameaftertheglory, […]

More cross country action at Pau as countdown to Grand Cross hots up

By |February 5th, 2024|

The Pau season reached its climax yesterday with the Grand Prix de Pau Foie Gras Biraben, the course’s marquee steeplechase, won by In Love under the guidance of Nicholas Gauffenic for Hugo Merienne, which took place in front of a bumper crowd of over 14,000.

Whilst the top chasers have been gracing Pau during the 10 […]

January 2024

Hip Hop Conti primed nicely for Pau repeat

By |January 29th, 2024|

 

Pau’s winter season is halfway through, and there were definitive clues for the Grand Cross de Pau in 3 weeks’ time last week for the first Cross Country chase of the campaign on Friday last – the Prix John Henry Wright.

A select 4 runners went to post for the €52,000 prize over 5,000m, headed by […]

December 2023

Cheltenham’s December Crystal Cup test is surely enough to silence the sceptics

By |December 26th, 2023|

The pace of change can be infinitesimally slow in horseracing’s conservative circles. Purists of the sport are often able to articulate their views to retain the status quo and hinder progress. This manifests itself in the example of Cheltenham’s cross country races, introduced to a previous generation of spectators in 1995, 30 years ago. Yet […]

Latenightpass provides December thriller amidst grand National contenders

By |December 19th, 2023|

Cheltenham’s cross country races are rapidly acquiring a reputation as a proving ground for the Grand National, and Friday’s seventh stage of the Crystal Cup delivered on all counts. Whilst entries for the Aintree spectacular are still some way off, at least half the field is working its way toward a suitable handicap mark to […]

Cheltenham serves up high quality field for Crystal Cup qualifier

By |December 13th, 2023|

With the current Crystal Cup series approaching its seventh stage, a hot race is keenly anticipated at Cheltenham this Friday where 13 go to post in the Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Chase over 3m 5 1/2f (6,000m).

For the first time in several years, the leaderboard in pursuit of €50,000 of bonuses is dominated by […]

April 2020

Crystal Cup Series 2020 Update

By |April 21st, 2020|

Given the current circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers of the CRYSTAL CUP European Cross Country Challenge have decided to cancel their competition for this year 2020.

This decision was taken because, in addition to the cancellations already decided, there are uncertainties about the organisation of all the events and the travel possibilities of […]

May 2017

Results from Lion D’Angers

By |May 26th, 2017|

Place
Horse

Sire/Dam
Margin

Owner
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Gain

Prim. elev.

Breeders

1
POSILOX H.PS.11 A.
04
Par: LOXIAS et POSITRONIQUE (PIGEON VOYAGEUR)

MICHEL DARCHY
W. MENUET (S)
ROMAIN JULLIOT
68 kg
50.400

7.560

M. DARCHY

2
KICK ON H.PS. 8 A.
02
Par: POLIGLOTE et KILDA (NIGHT SHIFT)
20L

MME MAGALEN BRYANT
P. COTTIN
DAVID COTTIN
68,5kg
(68 kg)
24.640

3.696

MME M. BRYANT

3
Uniment H.Aq. 9 A.
10
Par: GOLDNEYEV et NASSESEUSE (ASSESSOR)
1.5

E. LERAY (S)
E. LERAY (S)
CLEMENT LEFEBVRE
68 kg
14.560

2.184

SCEA HARAS DE MIRANDE

4
BOURGUEIL H.AQ. 6 a.
09
Par: SADDLER MAKER et QUISTIS (NETWORK)
4.L

ECURIE […]

November 2016

Results from Grand Steeple Chase-Cross-Country de Compiegne

By |November 22nd, 2016|

Place
Horse
#
Sire / Dam
Margin
Owner
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Purse
Breed’premium
Breeders

1
VIRTUS D’ESTRUVAL H.AQ. 7 a.
1
Par: PANORAMIC et NINA D’ESTRUVAL (EPERVIER BLEU)

MME BERNARD LE GENTIL
G. MACAIRE (S)
JAMES REVELEY
73 kg
21.12
3.168
MME B. LE GENTIL

2
VOL NOIR DE KERSER H.PS. 7 a.
5
Par: POLICY MAKER et NUIT DE KERSER (DOUNBA)
15L
ECURIE DES DUNES
P. QUINTON (S)
THOMAS BEAURAIN
69 kg
10.56
1.584
MME K. DREVET

3
VERTIGE FATAL H.AQ. 7 a.
12
Par: ASSESSOR et LUZARCHES (SLEEPING CAR)
1.L
ECURIE BRILLANTISSIME
GAB. LEENDERS
CLEMENT […]

October 2016

RESULTS OF VELKA PARDUBICKA

By |October 31st, 2016|

HORSE/SP
AGE
WGT
TRAINER/JOCKEY
OR
TS
RPR

1

Charme Look (CZE) 3/1F
9
11-0
Martina Ruzickova

*
*

Jan Faltejsek

2

10
Ange Guardian (GER) 9/1
8
11-0
Josef Vana

*
*

Jan Kratochvil

3

6
Zarif (IRE) 4/1
9
11-0
Josef Vana

*
*

Josef Bartos

4


Puntarenas (CZE) 24/1
10
11-0
Frantisek Holcak

*
*

Josef Sovka

5

1
Hegnus (CZE) 10/1
8
11-0
Cestmir Olehla

*
*

Jiri Kousek

6


Ter Mill (CZE)
10
11-0
Antonin Novak

*
*

Jan Odlozil

7


Templar (CZE)
9
11-0
Antonin Novak

*
*

Marcel Novak

8

3
Pareto (CZE)
9
11-0
Cestmir Olehla

*
*

Jaroslav Myska

9

dist
Rendez Vous (CZE)
7
11-0
Jana Junkova

*
*

Martin Liska

10

dist
Amaragon (CZE)
11
11-0
Pavel Poles

*
*

Pavel Slozil

11

2
Peintre Abstrait (IRE)
10
11-0
Radek Holcak

*
*

Dusan […]

RESULTS OF MERANO

By |October 31st, 2016|

Mighty Mambo takes the win despite finishing in second due to a disqualification for the front runner Gallo’s Star. Full results below:

MIGHTY MAMBO
NILS

Vinga wins again at Craon

By |October 31st, 2016|

After winning in fantastic style at Hippodrome du Lion, Vinga wins another race in the series under Jockey Felix Giles. Full results below:

1st
VINGA F.AQ. 7 A. 08 Par: VOIX DU NORD et LA MENARDIERE (TRUE BRAVE) MME JACQUES CYPRES E. CLAYEUX (S) FELIX DE GILES 66 kg J. CYPRES, L. COUETIL

2nd
DIVA DE TEILLE F.PS. 7 […]

Results of The Grand Steeplechase des Flandres, Waregem

By |October 31st, 2016|

An entirely French-trained field of 8 lined up to tackle the Waregem leg of The Crystal Cup on the 30th of August, with trainer P.Quinton responsible for half of the runners. He did not go home empty handed as his grey 9 year old Taupin Rochelais came home 20 lengths ahead of stablemate Varabad Du […]

Results from Wroclaw

By |October 31st, 2016|

Sergeant Thunder wins the associate Crystal Cup race at Wroclaw. As Wroclaw is an associate  member, results from this race will not count towards the 2016 series.

1st
SERGEANT THUNDER
wał. 7 l., hod. Springcombe Park Stud, wł. AGA-Speciálni technická pryž, s.r.o., tr F. Holčák dż. M. Stromský 69

2nd
DELIGHT MY FIRE
kl. 6 l., hod. Cocheese Bloodstock Anstalt, wł. J. Preclikova, […]

Results from Hippodrome du Lion

By |October 31st, 2016|

Congratulations to the winning connections of Vinga. Trained by Emmanual Clayeux, owned by Mme Jacques Cypres and ridden to victory by British jockey Felix Giles who will receive double points for the win in France.
The full results can be found below.

1st
15

Vinga

F Giles / E Clayeux

2nd
7

Yoneti

5 L
W Denuault / Gab Leenders

3rd
9

Toutancarmont

30 L
J Reveley / Mme I […]

La Touche Cross Country at Punchestown

By |October 31st, 2016|

Quatativeeasing won in impressive style under jockey MP Walsh at Pucnhestown for Enda Bolger and JP McManus. Edna Bolger also trained second place Cantlow.

1st

5 Quantitativeeasing (IRE)
E Bolger
11
11-12 p
M P Walsh
9/4j

2nd
3
7 Cantlow (IRE)
E Bolger
11
11-7
Ms N Carberry
9/2

3rd
8
2 Ballyboker Bridge (IRE)
Peter Maher
9
12-3 p
A E Lynch
5/1

4th

6 Uncle Junior (IRE)
W P Mullins
15
11-12 p
Mr P W Mullins
12/1

NR

1 Josies Orders (IRE)
E Bolger
8
12-7
Ms […]

Declarations for Punchestown

By |October 31st, 2016|

1. Josies Orders (EBolger) – MsNCarberry …. 12,07
2. Ballyboker Bridge (PMaher) – AELynch(C) …. 12,03
3. Bless The Wings (141) (GElliott) -MrJJCodd(CT) ….11,12
4. Boxing Along (VLHalley) – SWFlanagan(T) …. 11,12
5. Quantitativeeasing (EBolger) – MPWalsh(C) .. 11,12
6. Uncle Junior (WPMullins) – MrPWMullins(C) .. 11,12
7. Cantlow (EBolger) – APHeskin ……………………. 11,07
8. Current Exchange (GElliott) -MrTDonworth(7)(CT) …… 11,07
9. Duers (GKeane) […]

September 2016

Results from Fontainbleau

By |September 2nd, 2016|

1st
7
VAZABELLE DU LION
A. de CHITRAY

2nd
2
VOTRE PLAISIR
G. OLIVIER

3rd
4
VINGA
F. de GILES

4th
3
AFRICANERS
J. REY

5th
1
TOUTANCARMONT
S. PAILLARD

6th
6
TETETCORDE HUGAUX
CE. CAYEUX

7th
5
VIDOCQ DU RIVAGE
W. DENAULT

Runners and Riders at Fontainbleau

By |September 2nd, 2016|

Horse
Jockey
Trainer
Owner

1 TOUTANCARMONT
S. PAILLARD
Mme I. Pacault
MME p. Papot/Ecurie Mirande

2 VOTRE PLAISIR
G. OLIVIER
S. Foucher
JP. Vanden Heede

3 AFRICANERS
J. REY
S. Foucher
B. Beaufils

4 VINGA
F. de Giles
E. Clayeux
Mme J. Cypres

5 VIDOCQ DU RIVAGE
W. Denuault
J. Bigot
J. Bigot

6 TETETCORDE HUGAUX
CE. CAYEUX
C. Provot
G. Doyden

7 VAZABELLE DU LION
A. de Chitray
J. Delaunay
J. Delaunay

Saying again wins at Hippodrome de Pau

By |September 2nd, 2016|

The first race of this year’s Crystal Cup took place on Sunday the 7th February at Hippodrome de Pau. The race was won by 10 year old French horse ‘Saying Again’ owned by Mme Ottavia Roffi- Urano and trained by Guy Cherel. Runner up Votre Plaisir was well beaten by around 10 lengths.

The Winning rider […]

July 2016

Grand Cross de Pau Reverdy – Epreuve Crystal Cup

By |July 7th, 2016|

Concerning Sport: « Grand Cross de Pau-Reverdy » and the 129th Grande Course de Haies (hurdle race): the big leap!

On Sunday 7th of February, come and be thrilled at the occasion of the Crystal cup, the European Cross-country challenge. This championship, which is ran since 2010, has acquired a reputation that has reached beyond the boundaries of […]

2016 Crystal Cup Series

By |July 7th, 2016|

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Crystal Cup Series begins in Pau on February 7
2015 winner Feu Croise