Boylesports Gold Cup Novice Chase
Grade 1, Fairyhouse 16:55
€100,000 added, 5yo plus,
2m 4f, Class 1   
Sunday 17th April 2022

1 Galopin Des Champs 2/11F
2 Master McShee 7/1
3 Riviere D'Etel 8/1
4 ran NR: Beacon Edge , French Dynamite
Distances: 18l, 2½l, 9½l Time: 5m 17.60s (slow by 26.60s)

Hugely impressive on his first two starts over fences, the Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs was poised to complete his hat-trick in the Turners Novices’ Chase at Prestbury Park last month.

But after shooting clear of Bob Olinger and jumping the final fence in a commanding lead, there were gasps from the packed grandstands as Galopin Des Champs crumpled on landing and parted company with Paul Townend.

Faced with just three rivals, the French import was the 2-11 favourite for Fairyhouse’s Easter Sunday feature and stamped his class on the two-and-a-half-mile contest in no uncertain terms.

Having jumped and travelled well throughout, Galopin Des Champs powered clear on the run to final obstacle – and this time he made no mistake as he fiddled his way over and galloped away to beat Master McShee by 18 lengths.

QuinnBet make the hugely exciting gelding their 3-1 favourite for next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Gold Cup Novice Chase
Grade 1 €100,000 added,
5yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
4 ran

Going: Yielding

1     Galopin Des Champs 6 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend 2/11F
18 Master McShee 8 11-10 P Corkery Ian Power 7/1
Riviere D'Etel 5 11-3 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 8/1
Blue Sari 7 11-10 W P Mullins Mark Walsh 25/1
NR 1 Beacon Edge 8 11-10 Noel Meade NON RUNNER
NR 3 French Dynamite 7 11-10 M F Morris NON RUNNER

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