Galopin Des Champs justified favouritism and all the hype to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, with jockey Paul Townend declaring "the horse doesn't know how good he is"."We won the Gold Cup this year, and you'd like to think we'd come back next year and be favourite and win it again," he said. nr/jc
Energumene routed his rivals to join a select club of back-to-back winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.That day he had Editeur du Gite and Edwardstone in front of him, but they could only muster fourth and fifth as Energumene joined Altior and Master Minded as the only back-to-back winners of the Champion Chase this century.
The Cheltenham Festival, jumps racing's showpiece meeting, starts on Tuesday with over 250,000 spectators -- many of them Irish on their annual pilgrimage -- expected over the four days.However, a disappointing outing at Cheltenham in January with two bad jumping errors saw him finish third in the Champion Chase behind Editeur de Gite and Edwardstone.
Legendary English trainer Nicky Henderson's godfather was Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and he would have been rightly proud of his godson's generalship in training 72 Cheltenham Festival winners.Fitzgerald -- whose four wins for Henderson at the 2000 Cheltenham Festival saw him finish leading rider -- says there is a reason owners still flock to his stables.