Gold Cup glory for Minella Indo
Minella Indo triumphed in the Gold Cup on Friday for Henry de Bromhead, who has now become the first trainer to win the big three events at the same Cheltenham Festival.
Indeed, it was a one-two for De Bromhead in Friday's Festival feature, as Minella Indo finished ahead of stablemate A Plus Tard, while Al Boum Photo, who was bidding for an historic third-successive victory in the race, came in third for trainer Willie Mullins.
Minella Indo's victory means De Bromhead has now become the first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup in the same year and the 48-year-old was understandably delighted by the achievement.
"It's unbelievable. I'm delighted for all connections - the Maloneys, Barry and Mike and everyone," De Bromhead said after the race.
"I think I'm still in my hotel, it's Monday evening and I'm about to wake up and nothing's even started yet. That's where I'm at at the moment, it's brilliant."
The winning horse, who is priced at 7.00 to repeat his success at next year's Gold Cup, was brought home by jockey Jack Kennedy, who held off the challenge of Rachael Blackmore aboard A Plus Tard.
Blackmore had earlier claimed her sixth victory of the Festival by steering another of De Bromhead's horses, Quilixios, home in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and she has now made history by becoming the first female to land the coveted top jockeys' award at the Festival.
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