Sizing John wins thrilling Gold Cup race at Cheltenham
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 18:03
There are seven across the day, with all eyes on the 3.30 Cheltenham Gold Cup - the main event.
Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington, powered home to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Grand Old campaigner has done the spade work over the years and deserves this.
However the eventual third was fighting a losing battle from the turn for home as both the victor and Djakadam, under a motionless Ruby Walsh, swept past.
Minella Rocco, a victor over four miles at the 2016 Festival, stayed on strongly to grab second place at 18/1 with Native River edged back into third.
"It's unbelievable - he has gone from running from two miles at Christmas to three miles here", Harrington told BBC Radio 5 live.
'Robert said he wasn't going to go down the inside, but he did.
The first female jockey in 33 years to race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup has told ITV News "she's not troubled" by being the only girl.
'Thanks to everyone at home, it's all down to the team.
Owner Alan Potts said: 'It's unreal, it's my dream and it's come true. Runner-up in both the last two runnings of the race, he also accounts for 16% of all ante-post bets through Oddschecker, the most of any of the runners taking their place in today's field.
'I can't believe it, I've got to get a Classic now (on the Flat)!'
For the second succesive season Cue Card fell at the third last fence but in contrast to 12 months ago looked to be struggling at the time.