Cheltenham Festival

Al Boum Photo wins thrilling Gold Cup race; favourite Presenting Percy out of frame

Al Boum Photo won the featured race of the day following a sensational ride by jockey Paul Townend in the Gold Cup.

The 12/1 shot finished strongly to strike glory in an exhilarating race on the final day.

Anibale Fly came second at odds of 22/1; as Bristol De Mai finished third, and Townend was escstatic after winning the prestigious race.

“I can’t believe it. I just want to thank the owners so much for sticking by me.

“It is the Gold Cup! There’s only one a year, I never dreamt I’d ever win it.”

Willie Mullins, the owner of Al Boum Photo was jubilant, as he watched his horse strike glory.

“I didn’t think I was going to have a good Cheltenham this year,” he joked.

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