Easy Vega oozes class by winning Cheltenham Bumper | Race News

Willie Mullins was worried about the heavy going ahead of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, but he needn’t have worried as Easy Vega sped up smartly to win the final race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Walk In The Park’s son from six-time Festival winner Quevaga is being bred to be a champion, and although it’s early in his career, he’s passed every test so far. now.

Easy Vega (13-8 favourite) was patiently ridden by Patrick Mullins, who followed Jamie Codd aboard American Mike and earned the inside seat heading down the hill, as longtime leader, the free Houlanbatordechais, has faded.

Mullins quickly claimed to surrender and soon got his rivals into trouble, clearing to score by three lengths and three quarters past Gordon Elliott-trained American Mike, with James’s Gate filling in the third for the Closutton manager, who was saving a hat-trick on the day following previous wins for Sir Gerhard and Energumene.

The race was delayed after rain hit the track in the late morning and continued to leave standing water in some areas of the track where obstacles had been removed. Ground crew teams sectioned off areas where rainwater has collected and jockeys were given a map of the course to help them avoid the most test points.

None of that ultimately counted for Facile Vega, who handed his coach a record 12th win.

Mullins said: “Easy Vega was very good, he showed me at home that he’s still good.

“We were really worried about the conditions here today but he enjoyed it. It was a tough decision for the stewards to do what they did and it’s great that they got it. done quickly and that they were successful in the race.”

“That’s what I see every day, this horse just travels when we’re working – now you see what I see.

“He’s a real guy. Gordon thinks a lot about American Mike and he just lined up next to him and moved forward when he wanted to.”

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