Galopin Des Champs has deposited his last barrier at the Cheltenham Festival in the past with a First Place win in the Boylesports Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday.
Timos’ black son was taken off the 11/2 favorites list after looking like a demolition job to Bob Olinger in The Newbies’ Chase at Cheltenham, before he sent Paul Townend stomped around, and he didn’t put a wrong foot on the occasion.
Townend, who completed a major race double on the day that successfully guided Brandy Love in the ‘mare’ hurdle in the early afternoon, was able to decide issues on the Galopin Des Champs long haul, posed forward and boldly jump from the sea.
The ultra-interesting horse had three of his opponents under the pump running to the second end and signing the deal on the occasion, with Galopin Des Champs flying home to clear points from Master McShee and Riviere D’Etel is in third place.
He spooked small-odds supporters at the last hurdle, made a short stride and skimmed over the fence but still made a mistake this time and went ahead leading to a stunning success.
The win lifts Galopin Des Champs’ chasing record to three wins from four starts and he’s a 4/1 overall favorite (along with A Plus Tard) for next season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup alongside Betfair and Paddy. Power. Sky Bet also leaves him unchanged at 7/2 for the 2023 Gold Cup.
Townend said: “I had an armchair ride where he was moving along and dancing for fun.
“He had a great performance at Cheltenham before the fall. It’s important that he learns from that.
“I’m very happy with him today. He knows what he’s doing and looks very professional.”
Mullins said: “He had a tough race at Cheltenham – any horse going at that pace is going to have a tough race. All his homework shows he’s fine and Paul. very happy with him.
“I was going to wait and go over three miles at Punchestown, but then I thought there was a First Grade student here over two and a half and we took our chance.
“Paul led him differently the first game than he did at Cheltenham and that made a huge difference. To me it looked like a normal pace and it seemed like a normal pace. The other two chose to challenge him over the last three fences.
“Once he changed gear between the last two, it jumped over the last line. He seemed to be striding the wrong way and Paul let the horse decide. He put down lovingly and passed. through it.
“He quickly walked away after the last hit and he couldn’t pull him up around the bend.
“I think he’s the Gold Cup horse. I have to discuss that with Greg and Audrey (Turley, owner), but he looks like a Gold Cup horse.”
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