Cheltenham Festival

Breaking: Al Boum Photo retains the Magners Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival

Favourite Al Boum Photo has become the first horse since Best Mate to win back to back Gold Cups.

Santini came through in second, just ahead of Lostintranslation in third place.

The result made it four wins out of four today for trainer Willie Mullins.

The race was tight throughout, but Al Boum Photo, ridden by Paul Townsend made history.

Best Mate was the last horse to secure consecutive Gold Cup victories in 2004.

‘I thought I’d never feel anything like the feeling I had here last year, I think it’s even better, I do!, Jockey Peter Townsend said to ITV after the race.

There’s no feeling like it, it’s unreal. All credit to Elliott. He’s there every morning riding and training him.’

Presenting Percy fell at the last but it has been confirmed that there are no injuries from this incident.

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