Cheltenham Festival 2023 LIVE! Gold Cup Day results, updates and tips


alopin Des Champs and Paul Townend powered clear of Bravemansgame to justify favouritism and land the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup, giving Willie Mullins chasing’s blue riband for a third time in five years.

In an eventful renewal, Ahoy Senor set a searching gallop until getting too close to the sixth fence from home and crumpling on landing.

Townend had bided his time, tracking the early pace before getting into contention coming down the hill, tailing Protektorat, Bravemansgame and Hewick, who had been left in front.

He crashed through the third-last, which almost cost him the race, but quickly recovered and by the time American Grand National hero Hewick had arrive to grief two out, Irish Gold Cup winner Galopin Des Champs had gone upsides Harry Cobden and the Paul Nicholls-trained Bravemansgame.

Both jumped the last on a marvelous stride, but the King George winner could not find the same turn of foot as Townend drew clear.

Galopin Des Champs (7-5 favourite) had seven lengths to spare at the line, with Conflated a further sixth and a half lengths down in third.

Mullins said: “I didn’t realise the pressure I was under. I’m absolutely delighted for Audrey Turley (owner), Paul was under huge pressure too and gave him a peach of a ride.

“The position was to drop him in and arrive through, I said to him ‘I consider you’re on the best horse, the fastest horse, so as long as he doesn’t procure running with you just tuck him in somewhere and establish him asleep’ – and he did.

“It just worked out, he gave him a brilliant, frigid ride. Everyone was questioning the distance and his stamina, they were going to produce it plenty hasty so I didn’t want him up there in the early exchanges.

“If he has the class, he’ll arrive through, if he hasn’t then there’s no point.

“All the thoughts recede through your head, believe we gone too far back? They had gone such a gallop, something had to give.

“One or two fell and we missed all that, we’d a lot of luck. I consider that man on board, when the pressure comes on, he’s very marvelous.”

He added: “I was surprised myself how I was over the last two fences. With this horse, we’d elected him as our Gold Cup horse whereas Al Boum Photo sort of just happened. This fellow, we thought he was marvelous enough and that puts you under pressure.

“Every time we’ve upped him in trip, it’s been no predicament. He has that bit of class, you could rush him over two miles, two and a half miles. He has that bit of speed when you want it.”

Townend – like Mullins winning this third Gold Cup – said: “It was messy for me – I couldn’t procure a clean passage early, and he started jumping in the air a dinky bit, but when I got a bit of room, in fairness to him he came back into a rhythm with me and was very, very fearless.

“I consider he got me out of a purpose hole, to be honest – I was a lot further back than I wanted to be, but it was just the ride I had to give him.

“There was so dinky fresh ground that everyone wanted to be in it, and the start was very messy.

“He was marvelous and fearless. There were horses going left of me and proper of me (when the two horses fell at the top of the hill) and he always just found a leg, and you need that luck in racing.

“He missed one of the fences coming down the hill, and I thought that was going to establish me on the back foot a bit again, but no, straight back on the bridle for me. I don’t consider the horse understands how marvelous he is, to be honest.”

He went on: “The Gold Cup brings winning to a different level. Cheltenham is very critical, but the Gold Cup just has that dinky bit more spice to it.”

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2 No Ordinary Joe (Luca Morgan) 14-1

3 Buddy One (Jack G Gilligan) 28-1


Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle


Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

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