Martin Brassil’s Fastorslow produced a major shock in the Ladbrokes Ballypunch Gold Cup at Ballypunch.
Corach Rambler, who went on to win the Grand National, beat him in trouble at the Cheltenham Festival, he was sent off at 20-1 odds against Galopin Des Champs, Galopin Des Champs and one-two Bravemansgame. It was Bravemans Paul Nicholls who tried to do everything and after seeing first Envoi Allen followed by Galopin Des Champs, Harry Cobden’s mount looked like he had all the aces in his possession. However, it was the JJ Slevin-rdden Fastorslow – who at one point seemed to have too much speed – who came through with a storming late run to take the top honours, and Galopin Des Champs, who trained by Willie Mullins, rallying to claim second place from Bravemansgame straight on the line. . Galopin Des Champs was the first of the big two to look beaten as they approached the final fence, and when Bravemansgame managed to put the pressure on Fastorslow. Before the Cheltenham connections there were doubts about Fastorslow’s ability to see out three extended miles, but he held on firmly to win by two and a quarter lengths. Brassil said: “He was going top weight in a lot of those cons so we felt we might as well dip our toe in the water and see how much we can get. “We didn’t. but five runners and the first two in the betting had tough races in the Gold Cup. If there was a little chink in the armor I thought we would hopefully be able to exploit that. I didn’t think we would win, but I thought we wouldn’t be far away. “JJ is a cool customer, he took the shortest route around and the horse jumped well, everything fell into place. “We were hoping that the stage would improve in the trip, his family indicates that he will stay good. The first time he tried it was at Cheltenham and I’d say it might have been the race that made him. “We were delving into a new company, an excellent company, but you are going to try these things – there is no point in dreaming about them. “There will be no point going into it in a handicap again now. He ran his heart out and came up a few times so to come here on a local track and win a Grade One is great. “We won’t have to do much planning now because we will be running in the good races.” Slevin said: “It was a great performance from Martin and everyone to get him here in this form. It was a bold call to run him here, but it paid off. “It shows what you need to win the Cheltenham handicap, time and time. again it will be so. Corach Rambler is a tough horse. “We rode him to run well, Bravemansgame and Galopin Des Champs were always going to sneak away. “Martin always had a lot of faith in the horse, he’s some trainer isn’t he?” Of Bravemansgame, Cobden said: “He had the most amazing trip and he jumped great but I’m kidding I didn’t wing the last fence, I went in deep and lost two lengths as well as momentum. After that the best horse wins, but if that fence had been winged it would have been a different story, I’m sure. “It’s not the ground that you lose jumping, it’s the momentum on the landing as he picked and the other horse came alongside me. to be much closer.”
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