Soccer
  • Home
  • Horse Racing
  • Captain Guinness claims stunning Champion Chase victory as El Fabiolo pulls up

Captain Guinness claims stunning Champion Chase victory as El Fabiolo pulls up

Captain Guinness came out on top in a dramatic renewal of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, in which red-hot favourite El Fabiolo was pulled up.

Trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore, the nine-year-old was sent off a 17/2 chance, with Willie Mullins’ El Fabiolo starting as the heavily-supported 2/9 market leader in the absence of supposed main rival Jonbon.

However, a jumping error led to Paul Townend’s mount being pulled up, and when the front-running Edwardstone fell at the last – albeit when looking beaten – it was Captain Guinness who went on prevail, holding off El Fabiolo’s stablemate Gentleman De Mee in a real battle up the hill.

Mullins said: “I was very concerned that he reached for an early one and then stood back too far at the fence going away from the stands and didn’t get high enough.”

More Articles