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28/07/2021

Mullins team still Galopin to victory at Punchestown

Mullins team still Galopin to victory at Punchestown

Galopin Des Champs pictured with Paul Townend as he runs away from his rivals to land the Grade 1 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle on Day 2 of the Punchestown Festival

Willie Mullins extended his dominance at the 2021 Punchestown Festival as Galopin Des Champs completed a Cheltenham/Punchestown double when landing the Grade 1 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle. 
 
Ireland’s champion trainer maintained his clean sweep of the Grade 1 races thus far this week as the five-year-old, who carries the colours of Audrey Turley, cruised through the field under Paul Townend to return home in isolation, recording a 12-length success over Gentlemansgame.
 
Townend himself was extending his advantage over Rachael Blackmore to six winners in the race to be crowned champion jockey.
 
Of his latest Grade 1 winner, Mullins said afterwards: “He looked very smart today stepping up to three miles. He looked fantastic. Paul just gave him a squeeze turning in and he took off and it was race over barring a fall.
 
Options will remain open for Galopin Des Champs in terms of next season but connections will be entitled to dream big after this display. 
 
“He’s very slick over his hurdles. I said to Paul, ‘What did you think?’ and he said he could be a Stayers’ Hurdle candidate. I like to go chasing with them quickly. We’ll see,” Mullins added. 
 
Townend commented: “That was straightforward. He settled well. I was in front a lot earlier than I anticipated. I won’t say too soon, because we won but it was a lot earlier than I anticipated. One good jump got me there, without setting sail. I was there and able to hang onto a little bit.
 
“He jumped super. He’d jump a fence if they want him to as well. There’s loads of options for him.”

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