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GALWAY FESTIVAL: Grand National flop The Gossiper hits top gear at Ballybrit under 7lb claimer Mike O’Connor

Emmet Mullins’ The Gossiper battered the field at Galway on Friday afternoon

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Aintree disappointment The Gossiper continues to frank the form of the Grade 2 Weatherbys nhsstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race following a dominant display at the Galway Festival.

WATCH: THE GOSSPIER PUMMELS THE FIELD AT GALWAY UNDER MIKE O’CONNOR [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Emmet Mullins’ charge flattered to deceive on Merseyside, trailing home last of the 18 runners under Patrick Mullins as Knappers Hill maintained his unbeaten record for Paul and Megan Nicholls.

Knappers Hill Megan Nicholls Aintree
Knappers Hill ridden by Megan Nicholls in action before winning the Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Pool via REUTERS/Scott Heppell

But the son of Dylan Thomas, a half-brother to recent chasing hat-trick hero Captain Tom Cat, has won twice subsequently, including at Ballybrit on Friday afternoon.

2C7CCPM Captain Tom Cat and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies win the Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
The Gossiper and Captain Tom Cat both share the same sire, Dylan Thomas

He has found a willing partner in Mike O’Connor, who eased the burden of the 12st 3lbs weight carriage in the National Hunt finale for Ireland’s most popular racing week, pulling clear of 13/8 favourite Ashroe Diamond.

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.

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