And Irish trainer Mullins paid tribute to Townend for his expert ride.
“Fantastic. An absolutely unbelievable day,” Mullins said.
“Some said he was under pressure but Paul does his own thing.
“He probably rides better under a bit of pressure. Delighted for Paul.
“It is very hard to take over from someone like Ruby Walsh but Paul has stamped his authority.
“He is a rider riding with huge confidence.”