Ireland-trained Sizing John wins Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Sizing John's victory in the Timico Gold Cup was a first for trainer Jessica Harrington, jockey Robbie Power and also owners Ann and Alan Potts.

But the horse looked nervous at the start and unseated Kelly after only two fences to the dismay of the jockey who was left punching the ground in frustration. The Gold Cup is a race for young horses. "At this point, it would make no sense for them to drop me off Tea for Two and put someone else on it, because I know him inside out".

One of the big dangers Native River led out the field for most of the distance, providing a stern test of speed and fitness.

Willie Mullins has trained 52 Festival winners, but never the victor of the Gold Cup.

The horse had finally showed the "zing" in his name when giving the Harringtons and Power their first taste of Gold Cup victory in the Irish version at Leopardstown last month, proving that stamina was no problem at all.

Deeply impressive handicap victor at the last Festival and appears to have taken a step forward since joining Gordon Elliott this season.

After yesterday's return to form, it's no real surprise that the Ruby Walsh/Willie Mullins combination has been backed into favouritism overnight, with Djakadam now a general 3/1 shot. But he is remembered for his Stayers Hurdle success in 2014, when he beat Annie Power, and was running a huge race when falling at the last in the Irish Gold Cup, when at least a place seemed on the cards.

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"I celebrated hard after the finish because I've been through a lot this season with eye trouble, broken cheekbone and back problems".

The stand-out piece of form for Mick Jazz has to be his run behind Labaik at Navan when he was 12/1 but looked all over the victor before his grey stable companion came and done him close to home.

Sizing John saw a rear-end view of two-mile ace Douvan seven times before a rise in trip was diagnosed by Power.

By Emmanuel RousselG1 JCB Triumph Hurdle victor Defi Du Seuil (Fr) (Voix Du Nord ) may have been ridden to victory by champion jockey Richard Johnson, but the 4-year-old was also co-bred by a champion jockey, the French Flat champion Pierre-Charles Boudot, in partnership with his mother Catherine and sister Marie-Gabrielle.

"I'm not on cloud nine, I'm on cloud 109", she said.

Minella Rocco however stayed on strongly to claim a deserved second, while Native River was third.

The pair clashed in a Grade One heat at Naas back in January and Augusta Kate was travelling noticeably well in behind before she got the last all wrong, just as she was gearing up to lay down her challenge.

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