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Galopin Des Champs wins Cheltenham Gold Cup

Paul Townend celebrates winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Galopin Des Champs on day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racec...
Paul Townend celebrates winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Galopin Des Champs on day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racec...
Trainer Willie Mullins celebrates after Galopin Des Champs ridden by Paul Townend wins the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on day four of the Chelte...
Galopin Des Champs ridden by Paul Townend, left, and trained by Willie Mullins on their way to winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on day fo...
Jockey Paul Townend and Galopin Des Champs make their way back in after winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on day four of the Cheltenham Fe...

Paul Townend celebrates winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Galopin Des Champs on day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racec...

Paul Townend celebrates winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Galopin Des Champs on day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racec...

Trainer Willie Mullins celebrates after Galopin Des Champs ridden by Paul Townend wins the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on day four of the Chelte...

Galopin Des Champs ridden by Paul Townend, left, and trained by Willie Mullins on their way to winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on day fo...

Jockey Paul Townend and Galopin Des Champs make their way back in after winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on day four of the Cheltenham Fe...

CHELTENHAM, England (AP) — Galopin Des Champs stormed up the hill for a convincing victory in the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

The pre-race favorite, at 7-5 odds, answered questions about his stamina by pulling away from Bravemansgame after the final fence to win by about seven lengths with Conflated crossing third.

The victory made jockey Paul Townend and trainer Willie Mullins three-time Gold Cup champions — on St. Patrick's Day for the Irish pair.

“This race is just different. It brings winning to a different level,” Townend told iTV Racing.

A Plus Tard pulled up, ending a bid for back-to-back wins.

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