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Galopin Des Champs: clears the last en route to another Grade 1 success
Fairy House: Sunday
Another eleven months. St Patrick’s Day, 2023. A Later against Galopin Des Champs. The earliest master versus apprentice we’ve seen in some time.
The countdown has officially begun after Willie Mullins finally admitted his dark Destroyer will be aiming to win next season’s top prize.
“I think he’s a Gold Cup horse,” Mullins acknowledged for the first time immediately after another delightful display of Galopin Des Champs, flawless poetry where everything rhymed. From the very first line to the last, magnificent.
Mullins had an impromptu check-up with his GP until the last, as Galopin Des Champs tested his ticker by taking an extra stride, but there was no cruel climax on this occasion, just a grip. glorious awareness that the great remnant is pursuing next season is going to be thrilling.
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Paul Townend approached the final fence with no more than a six-length lead. He won by 18. The further he went, the more he looked, and the 2-11 favorite was halfway to Ballyhack by the time he finally consented to stop galloping.
“I need to discuss this with Greg and Audrey [Turley, owners] but he looks like a Gold Cup horse,” Mullins said.
“He had a tough race at Cheltenham. Any horse going at that pace would have a tough race, but all his homework suggested he was fine and Paul was happy with him. I was going to wait and ride over three miles at Punchestown, but then I thought a two and a half mile level 1 run here was his thing and we gave it a shot today.
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Galopin Des Champs was imperious again in his win at Fairyhouse
“Paul rode it differently up to the first one than he did at Cheltenham and that made a big difference. To me it felt like an ordinary pace and it looked like the other two had chosen to challenge him at the price of the last three closings.
“Once he changed gears between the last two, it was over the jump bar the last. He just seemed to be on a bad stride and Paul let the horse decide. He posed nice and s is over it.
“He sped up after the last one and he couldn’t get it back into the corner.”
Townend had the best seat in the house and the couple was in perfect harmony, apart from that little misunderstanding at the end.
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Winning rider Paul Townend on Galopin Des Champs: “It was an armchair ride”