Cheltenham 2022 three-day recap: Flooring Porter makes Stayers comeback as Galopin Des Champs falls at the last minute

Flooring Porter won the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Award for jockey Danny Mullins and trainer Gavin Cromwell.

Lifting their title after winning the race last season, Mullins and gelding made all the runs 4-1 and were comfortable winners.

Thyme Hill came in second and the 2019 race winner Paisley Park was the third-placed horse.

Mullins told ITV Racing: “Everything went according to plan. Big credit goes to Gavin Cromwell – I love the horse but it’s weird. His coaching is the reason we’re back here again today, Gavin has done a great job with this guy all year.

“I’m not too worried about the preliminary round, the more he gets into the season, the more his system drops. Gavin brought him in a few days earlier, he was a bit bubbly a morning or two but this morning we were very happy with him. He was relaxed and a spark appeared again.

“It’s funny to go into a race at Cheltenham with such confidence in the horse, but we believe in him.”

Earlier in the day, Bob Olinger was awarded the victory in the Turners Novice Chase after Galopin Des Champs had a spectacular fall at the final fence in the opening game.

Galopin Des Champs looked sure to land the spoils as he leapt over the last well to escape Bob Olinger, but he slipped and tumbled a stride after landing and hurling Paul Townend to the ground.

That sent Bob Olinger (6-5) home with no difficulty while Busselton took the pieces for second in the four-man runner-up tournament, 40 lengths behind the winner.

Until the right-time exit, everything went according to Galopin Des Champs’ plan. Willie Mullins’ 6-year-old jumped in the early stages and put Bob Olinger under pressure before the race was kicked off and 5th-6th favorite car sped out after seemingly overtaking. last leg safely.

Bob Olinger’s rider Rachael Blackmore feels her mount is far from his best, though he added another Festival win after winning last year’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

She said: “It’s great to win but nobody likes to win under those circumstances and it’s great to see Paul and Galopin Des Champs get up.

“I am very happy with him, he made one or two small errors, so there is definitely room for improvement there, but four of them, I am not satisfied and I think I will travel. better.

“I don’t know if it’s the real Bob Olinger today, even going up that hill wasn’t fashionable last year and I would never have caught Paul.

“Those are strange but unbelievable emotions to have another winner here.

“I think he’s the horse of the Gold Cup, he’s one of the best in Henry’s yard so I won’t be too disappointed today because I know it’s not the real Bob, for whatever reason I don’t. I know, but we’re so lucky to have him.

“The ground may have blunted him but it’s just soft, easy to jump on so I won’t use that as an excuse because he won badly the day before.”

De Bromhead said: “You never want to win under those circumstances, but this game – always expect surprises and we are happy to win and we need to show a little bit of joy as well. fun.

“I was surprised to see him taking off the reins so soon, obviously the other was something else. I never thought I would see another horse do the same to him.

“He made some mistakes so we still had to work on the jump, but he jumped really well on the first circuit.

“He’s still in the works, it’s still only his third run over the fence and he’s won Third and First.

“However, you don’t want to win a race like that.”

Mullins said Galopin Des Champs was unscathed from the fall and is optimistic about what the future holds.

He said: “He is fine. The reins just caught on his leg and he freaked out a bit and it took a while to sort it all out. I think Paul is probably better than the horse.

“Paul just said he landed well and missed in the next stride. We will go on.

“I was very pleased with the performance and I think we got used to the last fall around here – first the Adamant Approach and then Annie Power and Benie Des Dieux.

“It’s disappointing, but we have a sound horse and a sound horse and we live to fight another day – and I’m sure we were on the other end of the scale, too.

“It’s been tough, but it looks like we might have a very special horse on our hands.

“I’m glad I ran him in that race because now I can go back two miles – we can do whatever we want with him.

“I always thought we could go back on a trip with him.”

Townend and Mullins didn’t have to wait long to recover as Allaho ran his rivals to the ground to become the second horse to win in a row in the Ryanair Chase.

Once a 12-length winner 12 months ago, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned bike race was even more impressive when he simulated the Albertas Run, the previous only double winner in 2010 and 2011.

The eight-year-old, coached by Willie Mullins, finished most of last year’s run but took the lead all the way this time showing his superiority with an incredible performance.

Allaho (favorite 4-7) kept Eldorado Allen company in the early stages with Shan Blue close-ups until Paul Townend started screwing from four out. The herd tried to close the door but when it looked like the race was going to start, Allaho started.

Confusion fell to the last second fence as he seized the opportunity, letting Janidil give Mullins a goal two but he was 14 lengths short of the easy winner, whose only mistake came at the fence. final. Eldorado Allen went three-quarters of the length in season three.

Townend was happy to be on the scoreboard during the event.

“The previous one was gone,” he said. I’m fine and the horse is fine, we have a good horse and I got lucky with those colors a few years ago in Triumph and I suppose it doesn’t make it any easier but what’s around out.

“It would make you wonder why I didn’t pick him (Allaho) last year right? He is an animal to gallop and jump. He’s really good. I catch up with him cutely again, it’s that simple.

“We spent some time getting to know him but I think we got there. That’s what he loves to do, he’s built for it, look at his size. I am so happy.” Cheltenham 2022 three-day recap: Flooring Porter makes Stayers comeback as Galopin Des Champs falls at the last minute

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