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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2022: Classic Getaway shortens for Champion Bumper

Willie Mullins’ new representative Classic Getaway maintained his unbeaten start with a win under rules at Tipperary



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Classic Getaway shortened for next year’s Champion Bumper after a bloodless victory on his debut under rules at Tipperary on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Cheveley Park Stud gelding, who was purchased for £570,000 after his Borris House victory between the flags, was sent off a 4/9 favourite in Munster under Patrick Mullins and duly scored a 15-length romp for Closutton handler, Willie.


And despite shortening in the market for next season’s Wednesday finale at the Festival, dropping from 8-1 into 6’s, the son of Getaway appears set for a tilt over obstacles, the winning rider confirmed.

He told At The Races: “He’s a big baby and that’s why I was keen to teach him and get him to stride out. He is a big baby at home for a five-year-old who had a point-to-point run and he’s not a bumper horse.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 17, 2021 Rachael Blackmore wins the 4.50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Sir Gerhard Pool via REUTERS/Alan Crowhurst
Cheveley Park have taken the last three renewals of the Champion Bumper, including with Sir Gerhard back in March

“I imagine he’ll go jumping later in the season – he wouldn’t have run, only the ground was so wet and we said we’d get a run into him.

Willie Mullins
Classic Getaway won on debut for Willie Mullins on Tuesday afternoon and looks an exciting prospect for later this season

“Willie didn’t rush him and let him settle in. He didn’t have to run this season, but it just happened with the weather.

“I think he’ll continue to improve mentally.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.