Grand Prix D’Automne: Thyme Hill disappoints on return to France, Galop Marin wins race for fourth consecutive year | Racing news


Thyme Hill made a disappointing comeback when last season’s Ryanair winner Stayers Hurdle landed on the field at Auteuil.

Sent to France for the prized Grade One Grand Prix D’Automne, Philip Hobbs’ seven-year-old never appeared in contention, coming home 41 lengths fifth behind 17/2 Galop Marin’s shot, who took the race for the fourth consecutive record year.

Home favorite L’Autonomie fought hard on the opposite side but was unable to reach the winner, ending her streak of five unbeaten races that extended this race last year.

Thyme Hill, one of Britain’s top hurdlers, won two of his three appearances last season, winning a Grade One award at Aintree when he was seen earlier in April.

Galop Marin, nine-year-old son of Black Sam Bellamy, has now won 13 of his 47 career starts with coach Dominique Bressou.

Coach Arnaud Chaille-Chaille scored a grade two brace on paper after the impressive victories of Latino Des Isles in Congress Chase and Hawai Du Berlais in Bournosienne Hurdle.


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