Golan Cheltenham bound after decisive win
Golantilla gets a great reception in the winners' enclosure
(Healy Racing Photos)
The five-year-old son of Golan looked a useful sort when successful on his point-to-point debut at Avaune last month, and confirmed that potential with a runaway success here.
A delighted O’Brien said, “He was making a genuine £180,000 at the Brightwell sales but we weren’t selling him for any less than his reserve of £200,000.
“He’s an absolute machine. We have a tough gallop at home and any of my other horses can’t get anywhere near him on the two furlongs straight.
“There have been more offers for him since the sales but he’s not so cheap now. He’s a horse that’s in a different league. We’ll go to Naas or Fairyhouse for a winners’ bumper and then straight to Cheltenham.”
Stan James have introduced the winner at 16/1 for the Cheltenham Festival Bumper.
Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes
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