Willie Mullins becomes champion trainer of this year’s Cheltenham Festival as final race ends in 8-1 Galopin Des Champs claiming victory in Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
- Willie Mullins clinched the leading trainer title from Henry de Bromhead
- Galopin Des Champs, at 8-1, benefitted from a fine ride by Sean O’Keeffe
- The five-year-old’s run foiled Langer Dan’s bid for a £50,000 bonus
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Galopin Des Champs clinched the trainers’ title at the Festival for Willie Mullins when winning the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
It was Mullins’ sixth success at the meeting, the same as Henry de Bromhead, but the Closutton handler got the nod on countback.
Galopin Des Champs (8-1) was always travelling well for Sean O’Keeffe and bounded up the hill to beat Langer Dan by two and a quarter lengths, denying Dan Skelton’s runner a £50,000 bonus should he have won at Cheltenham following his victory in the Imperial Cup a Sandown last weekend.
Galopin Des Champs won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Floueur was nine lengths away in third place, with Whatsupwithyou fourth.
Mullins said: ‘Sean just bided his time and gave him a very good ride.
‘I had this horse entered up in a lot of handicaps and we divided them up as best we could.
‘We had two jockeys on the horses we thought had a chance. Gentleman De Mee was just too keen, but he’s obviously a good horse.’
Sent off an 8-1 chance, the five-year-old benefitted from a fine ride by Sean O’Keeffe
It was Mullins’ sixth success at the meeting, the same as Henry de Bromhead, but the Closutton handler got the nod on countback
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