Galopin Des Champs consigned his final-fence Cheltenham Festival fall to the previous with Grade One victory at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday.
The black son of Timos was despatched off as the two/11 favorite on the again of what appeared like being a demolition job on Bob Olinger within the Turners Novices’ Chase Cheltenham, earlier than he despatched Paul Townend sprawling, and he did not put a foot improper on this event.
Townend, who was finishing a big-race double on the day having guided Brandy Love to success within the mares’ novices’ hurdle earlier within the afternoon, was in a position to dictate issues on the long-striding Galop Des Champs, setting out on entrance and leaping boldly from the off.
The massively thrilling horse had his three rivals below the pump on the run to the second-last and two extra stable jumps sealed the deal, Galopin Des Champs cruising house to attain emphatically by Master McShee, with Riviere D’Etel a detailed third.
The win takes Galopin Des Champs’ chasing document to a few wins from 4 begins and he’s 4/1 joint-favourite (together with A Plus Tard) for subsequent season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup with Betfair and Paddy Power. Sky Bet additionally left him unchanged at 7/2 for the 2023 Gold Cup.