Cheltenham Festival: Galopin Des Champs on track to face Bob Olinger in the Turners Novices’ Chase

The dream clash could happen, people!


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Galopin Des Champs has climbed to the head of Paddy Power’s betting market for the Turners Novices’ Chase after Willie Mullins indicated his hot prospect is on track to face Bob Olinger over the intermediate distance.

It was thought the six-year-old would run in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase after signing off last season with a win over three miles in the Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.


A striking victory in a Beginners Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas before following up in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival has Mullins, the most successful trainer in Cheltenham Festival history, leaning towards the shorter trip.

If he does take his chance in the Turners then it could mean a clash with Henry de Bromhead’s rising star Bob Olinger, who scored in last season’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and has a perfect record over fences this term.

“Galopin did it very well at Leopardstown and I can’t see him going up to three miles,” Mullins said. “It’s not a decision yet but at the moment I’d be favouring going for the shorter race.

“He was so good the first day and he was very brave the last day. I think Paul [Townend] learned a lot about him the last day. He could go in either race and I want to have a chat with Paul, but I’d be happy enough to go in the Turners.

“I think he has the ability to do that. He jumps well, he’s sharp and I don’t think he needs to go three miles.”

He added: “Bob Olinger is obviously a worry but I’d be thinking our man would be better off in the shorter race. I’ll have a chat with Paul and I’ll see what way he’s thinking, but that’s what I’m thinking at the moment.”

Speaking on our Cheltenham Countdown podcast series, Paddy’s resident jockey-turned-pundit Ruby Walsh tipped Galopin Des Champs to go for the Turners due to the speed and slickness of his jumping over fences – and he fancies last season’s Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle hero to get the better of Bob Olinger.

Bravemansgame could be the big winner if Galopin Des Champs and Bob Olinger are declared for the Turners. Paul Nicholls’ charge is four from four over fences this season and is third in our Non Runner Money Back betting market for the Brown Advisory behind the big two.

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