Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle
Grade 1, Punchestown 17:20
€100,000 added,
4yo, 3m,
Class 1   
Wednesday 28th April 2021


1 Galopin Des Champs 13/8F
2 Gentlemansgame 11/1
3 Stattler 10/1
8 ran Distances: 12l, 1¼l, 2l
Time: 6m 17.40s (slow by 41.40s)

Galopin Des Champs was having just his fifth start since joining the formidable Willie Mullins team and looks an exciting prospect.

Galopin Des Champs was one of the three Cheltenham Festival winners in the nine-runner field, having taken the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle last month, and he had no trouble proving his worth at the top level.

Stattler, stablemate of the winner, made the running – but Galopin Des Champs was always travelling easily for Paul Townend and went on after jumping the second-last flight. 

The 13-8 favourite stormed clear to score by 12 lengths. Gentlemansgame took second place by a length and a half from Stattler.

Townend said: “It was straightforward. He settled lovely, but you have to for a three-mile race like that. 

“I was in front a hell of a lot earlier than I anticipated – I won’t say too soon because he’s won – though definitely a lot sooner than I thought I would be.”

Mullins said: “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.”

Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
€100,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Yielding

1     Galopin Des Champs 5 11-11 W P Mullins Paul Townend 13/8F
12 Gentlemansgame 5 11-11 M F Morris Mark Walsh 11/1
Stattler 6 11-12 W P Mullins Danny Mullins 10/1
2 Vanillier 6 11-12 Gavin Cromwell Jonathan Moore 100/30
Telmesomethinggirl 6 11-5 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 6/1
39 Torygraph 6 11-12 Mrs Denise Foster Jack Kennedy 22/1
nk Streets Of Doyen 7 11-12 John C McConnell Simon Torrens 40/1
8 Crosshill 6 11-12 Mrs John Harrington Robbie Power 15/2

Free Racing Tips


Year Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2020 Abandoned - Covid-19
2019 Minella Indo 6-11-10 Barry Maloney H De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 5/1
2018 Next Destination 6-11-10 Malcolm C Denmark Willie Mullins Paul Townend 5/4F
2017 Champagne Classic 6-11-10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott Bryan Cooper 14/1
2016 Bellshill 6-11-10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 2/1 Fav
2015 Killultagh Vic 6-11-10 Mrs R Boyd, Mrs M J Willie Mullins Paul Townend 8/1
Armstrong, J B Anderson
2014 Beat That 6-11-10 Michael Buckley Nicky Henderson GB Barry Geraghty 11/8 Fav
2013 Morning Assembly 6-11-10 Clipper Logistics Ltd Pat Fahy Davy Condon 14/1
2012 Marasonnien 6-11-10 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins Paul Townend 12/1
2011 Askanna 6-11-01 John Asple Colin Bowe Mr Barry O’Neill 33/1
2010 Rigour Back Bob 5-11-07 Gaticoma Syndicate Edward O’Grady Barry Geraghty 6/1
2009 The Midnight Club 8-11-06 C C R Racing Syndicate Willie Mullins Emmet Mullins 7/4Fav
2008 Got Attitude 5-11-05 David Reid Scott Jessica Harrington Barry Geraghty 16/1

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