Champagne West jumps rivals ragged in Thyestes
Champagne West jumps rivals ragged in Thyestes By Peter Scargill 3:04PM 26 JAN 2017
Report: Gowran, Thursday
Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase 3m1f, 5yo+
CHAMPAGNE WEST produced an utterly dominant display from the front to turn a competitive handicap chase into a procession.
Jumping boldly in front under jockey David Mullins, bar one mistake down the back straight on the second circuit, Champagne West never looked in trouble as one-by-one his rivals fell away.
It was hard to imagine watching Champagne West jump with such accuracy and poise that his promising career had been held back by jumping frailties.
He was slick and nimble over nearly all of his fences, while his rhythm and dynamism up front had the opposition worried a fair way out.
Turning for home, Champagne West had beaten off all bar Ucello Conti, who was looking to build on his third in the race last year.
Jockey Daryl Jacob was able to get his mount close to Champagne West approaching the penultimate fence but he could not get past. Instead, Champagne West kicked in the turbos and charged away.
'A serious engine'
Winning jockey David Mullins was certainly impressed, and told At The Races: "He's run away with me for at least 2m6f. He has a serious engine. I've no doubt he'll improve on softer ground, it was gluey out there."
Bookmakers quickly scrambled out revised prices for Champagne West with Paddy Power cutting him to 14-1 (from 25) for the Ryanair Chase and to 33-1 (from 66) for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. He is 50-1 (from 100) for the Randox Health Grand National with BetVictor.
The Henry de Bromhead-trained winner was chased home by Ucello Conti with Bonny Kate third and Pleasant Company fourth.
More to follow. . .
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