Cheltenham Festival Day Four: Holy Trinity for Henry de Bromhead with Gold Cup success
Cheltenham Festival Day Four
Irish trainers continue to dominate in the 2021 Cheltenham Festival as Henry de Bromhead bags the big three with the Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup.
Jack Kennedy was the man of the hour as he rode Minella Indo to victory at 9/1 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup this afternoon. This was the biggest prize of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and it was won in real style by Kennedy, stablemate A Plus Tard coming in a close second with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle as she went in search of her seventh win of the Festival.
The 9/1 winner was handy throughout the contest and held on strongly to repel a strong challenge from Blackmore in the latter stages. Indeed Blackmore was Minnela Indo’s usual rider but on this occasion she opted instead for A Plus Tard and while this is certainly a measure of how good she has been at this festival, she hopefully won’t beat herself up too much about her decision.
It was completely different emotions for winning jockey Jack Kennedy, who said: “I can’t believe it. This is what I’ve dreamt of since I was a child. I’m just so grateful to Henry and (owners) Mike and Barry Moloney for giving me the opportunity to ride him. I can’t thank them enough and I’ll owe them forever.”
Touching on his fightback from numerous injuries, he continued: “This is what I live for and I can’t believe this is after happening. I landed over the last and he pricked his ears. He was pulling up but not out of tiredness. When he heard Rachael coming behind him he took off again.”
Cheltenham Gold Cup Result
1: Minella Indo – 9/1
2: A Plus Tard – 10/3
3: Al Boum Photo – 9/4F
4: Native River – 12/1
5: Frodon – 16/1
6: Royale Pagaille – 14/1
7: Black Op – 125/1
8: Aso – 150/1
9: Kemboy – 16/1
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