Last year’s Festival heartbreak was firmly put to one side as Galopin Des Champs powered clear to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins.
The seven-year-old fell in last year’s Turners’ Novices’ Chase when looking set to pull clear for a wide-margin victory, but there would be no such issue this time around.
He jumped and travelled well in behind rivals attempting to galvanise their mounts, but it was the red-hot favourite who jumped away from the gallant Bravemansgame and Harry Cobden at the final fence to win by seven lengths at the line.
Conflated ran on well to finish third under stand-in jockey Sam Ewing, with Davy Russell stood down for the day, and last year’s Grand National winner Noble Yeats back in fourth.
Defending champion A Plus Tard under Rachael Blackmore suffered interference after the fall of Ahoy Senor and was eventually pulled up.
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