|Grade 1, Leopardstown 14:20
3m, Class 1
1 Galvin 7/1
2 A Plus Tard 8/1
3 Kemboy 11/1
8 ran Distances: shd, ¾l, 4½l
Time: 6m 23.60s (slow by 41.60s)
Galvin finishes with a real flourish in the @Savills Chase under a fine @_Davy_Russel_ ride to deny A Plus Tard at @LeopardstownRC @gelliott_racing pic.twitter.com/nJEzGFOzcA https://t.co/ZppSmXbgNB via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) December 28, 2021
Davy Russell produced the Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old with a terrific late charge to get up in the shadow of the post and land the prestigious prize by a short head from the favourite.
Kemboy, the winner in 2018, was three-quarters of a length away in third after making most of the running.
“That’s unbelievable. I had a tear in my eye for half the race, I’m not afraid to say it. We’ve had a tough year and it’s brilliant,” said Elliott.
“We started off having a bit of fun around Perth with him and he hasn’t let us down the whole way. That’s 12 races he’s won now and he’s a horse of a lifetime.
“He got into a lovely rhythm, he does that, he’s a good horse and he stays like hell. He’ll go straight to the Gold Cup now.
“I don’t think he was much fitter today than he was in Down Royal, but he got confidence out of that race.
“Jamie Codd gave him a beautiful ride (that day), he hit the line well. I think the three-miles-two of the Gold Cup trip will suit him well.
“The way he stays, if he can get into a rhythm anywhere at all, I wouldn’t care if he was first or last going out on the last circuit, he’ll come very strong in the Gold Cup.
“The horses have run out of their skin all week and to win that race is unbelievable.”
Elliott was particularly thrilled to land the race for owner Ronnie Bartlett.
“Ronnie Bartlett is a brilliant owner, a good friend and he’s a gentleman,” he said.
“Russell is a great friend of mine, we’ve been friends since riding in point-to-points at 16 or 17 years of age.
“I’m very lucky to have Davy and Jack (Kennedy) at the moment. That meant a lot to Davy as well as he’s very close to Ronnie.
“We don’t let him ride for anyone else at the moment, he’s too good to be giving to anyone else!”
€175,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
Going: Yielding, Good to Yielding in places
POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Galvin 7 11-12 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 7/1
2 shd A Plus Tard 7 11-12 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 8/11F
3 ¾ Kemboy 9 11-12 W P Mullins Paul Townend 11/1
4 4½ Melon 9 11-12 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 22/1
5 2¼ Janidil 7 11-12 W P Mullins Mark Walsh 7/1
6 20 Delta Work 8 11-12 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 10/1
7 2 Franco De Port 6 11-12 W P Mullins Bryony Frost 28/1
8 4½ Samcro 9 11-12 Gordon Elliott B J Cooper 50/1