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Farceur Du Large at the Double!

Press Release 26th February 2024 Sandown Park

Farceur Du Large completed a memorable Military Gold Cup double on Thursday 15th February, by winning the Royal Artillery Gold Cup in impressive style. Having already won the Grand Military Gold Cup in January, confidence was high in Racing Club HQ that he would be able to follow up in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup, and ‘Frank The Tank’ duly obliged!

With his first Gold Cup win coming just 20 days beforehand, the Racing Club Team and  Farceur Du Large would head into the race with plenty of confidence and ready to put in another big performance. Sent off as 13/8 favourite, he got into a good rhythm in the early stages, settling in behind the front-running Fil D’Ariane. Aside from a slight peck on landing over fence 10, Major Will Kellard gave him a faultless ride yet again, and it wasn’t long until he put the pressure on Fil D’Ariane. Farceur Du Large was left in the clear two out, and despite last year’s winner Broken Halo keeping on up the Sandown Park finishing straight, he was never getting to terms with Farceur. The eye-catching grey ended up winning by a total of six and a half lengths, in another dominant victory. 

You can re-watch the final stages of the race here.

Trainer Jamie Snowden was delighted with the performance, stating after the race:

“It’s a joy, this race is very dear to me and there’s a lot of personal pride to do the double. I thought Will gave Farceur Du Large a lovely ride and getting up the inner at the pond fence was perfect. Will has done brilliantly on him and it’s great for the horse. He was a good horse in his younger days and it’s good to be able to drop back into this kind of company and see him back on form.”

Jockey Major Will Kellard was equally ecstatic, saying:

“We’ve got the double – what a day! That was incredible, it was a different tempo to the previous race but he handled it well. As he came into the second circuit, he came up out of my hands and I knew I had a lot of horse left under me. He’s such a willing partner, and he really took off going up the hill.”


Jordan Wylie, Co-founder of Racing Club who manage the syndicate for Farceur Du Large said:

‘This is a dream come true! Myself and Jamie have talked about winning this race since our days together in the Military. Jamie has done a great job getting Farceur back to full fitness and to win both Military Gold Cups in the space of about 3 weeks is unbelievable. He’s some horse and we could now look at races at the Cheltenham Festival or the Midlands National.’

You can read more about Farceur Du Large and his next targets HERE.


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