Richard Johnson and Roalco De Farges forge clear


Roalco De Farges came from the rear to claim the Ultima – Proud Sponsors of Alan King Racing Handicap Chase at Newbury.

The 7/2 favourite was given a confident ride by Richard Johnson and scythed his way through the field to jump into the lead at the third-last.

The Philip Hobbs-trained grey skated clear to score by two and three-quarters length from the pace-setting No Secrets. Samingarry was third, three-quarters of a length away.

Johnson said: “He’s travelled really nicely today. He was second in the Whitbread behind Tidal Bay two years ago and then had some problems last season.

“To be fair, the owners have let him come back steadily and they have had their reward today. He’s done it really well.

“They had a good day with Balthazar King at Cheltenham and hopefully will have another one at Aintree (in the Crabbie’s Grand National) in two weeks as well.

“I’d say this horse could go to Sandown again or for the Scottish Grand National. One of those staying chases is probably where he’ll go now.”

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Source: Sporting Life, March 22 2014

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