Horse Racing: Galvin pounced in the last strides of the Savills Chase at Leopardstown to deprive A Plus Tard of back-to-back triumphs.
At the final gate, A Plus Tard had a slim lead over Kemboy, but the brilliant Betfair Chase winner from the previous month couldn’t hold off Galvin.
The Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old was produced by Davy Russell with a fantastic late charge to get up in the shadow of the post and win the prestigious award at odds of 7/1 by a short head over the 8/11 favourite.
After making the majority of the running, Kemboy (11/1), the 2018 champion, was three-quarters of a length away in third.
Galvin’s odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup have been trimmed to 8/1 from 16/1 with Coral and to 6/1 from 16s with Betfair.
“That’s incredible. I’m not ashamed to admit that I had a tear in my eye throughout the first half of the race. We’ve had a difficult year, but it’s been fantastic “Elliott stated.
“We began off having a good time with him in Perth, and he hasn’t let us down since. He’s now won 12 races and is a once-in-a-lifetime horse.
“He got into a great rhythm like he always does, he’s a good horse, and he stays like a demon. He’s going to the Gold Cup right now.
“I don’t believe he was much fitter today than he was in Down Royal, but that race gave him confidence.
“Jamie Codd gave him a fantastic ride (that day), and he nailed the line. I believe the Gold Cup trip’s three-mile-two distance will suit him well.
“The way he stays, if he can get into a rhythm anywhere, it doesn’t matter if he’s first or last heading out on the final circuit, he’ll come in strong in the Gold Cup.”
“The horses have been running on fumes all week, and to win that race is incredible.”
Elliott was ecstatic to win the race for Ronnie Bartlett, his owner.
He described Ronnie Bartlett as “a wonderful owner, a fantastic friend, and a gentleman.”
“Russell is a dear friend of mine; we’ve been riding point-to-points together since we were 16 or 17 years old.”
“I’m incredibly fortunate to have Davy and Jack (Kennedy) on my team right now.” That meant a lot to Davy, who is close friends with Ronnie.
“At the present, we don’t let him ride for anyone else; he’s too amazing to be giving to anyone else!”
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