Ruby Walsh is one of the wisest figures in the sport of Horse Racing. This means whenever he speaks, you have to listen and take note. The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching and is now just two weeks away. Walsh recently provided his assessment of this year’s Gold Cup and with it, his tip for the main event. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing. You can also take a look at our free bets page for sign up offers to boost your Cheltenham betting power.
Galopin Des Champs is the horse for Ruby. The Willie Mullins-trained monster is the long-time favourite for the race and Walsh fails to see any negatives. Anyone wanting to take him on points towards the fact that he’s yet to prove he has the requisite stamina to get the job done. Walsh is unconvinced by this argument, he said: “I don’t think stamina is an issue with Galopin Des Champs for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He still has to go and prove he stays the 3m2f distance but in my opinion he will.”
The winning-most rider in the Cheltenham Festival’s history, Ruby Walsh certainly knows his way around the place. Some of Galopin Des Champs’ critics have suggested that his win in the Irish Gold Cup would indicate a stamina doubt but Walsh doesn’t concur. He added: “Look how far Paul Townend had to go past the stands to pull him up. All the indications are there that he will stay the 3m2f Gold Cup trip.”
Perhaps a little too buzzy and exuberant in the past, Galopin Des Champs fell at the final fence in dramatic style at Cheltenham last year, with the Turners Novices’ Chase at his mercy. Maybe we have a more grown up horse on our hands this year, according to Walsh who also said: “He’s relaxed, he’s a more mature horse this year. When you light him up now, he still switches himself back off, which he didn’t do last season. So to me now, he has the ideal profile for a Gold Cup horse.”
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