Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing Sport

Cheltenham Festival: Delta Work wins Cross Country Chase in dramatic finish

Delta Work took the Cross Country Chase in a dramatic finish after making a late charge during the final stretch.

Keith Donoghue’s 10-year-old was destined for a third placed finish after a start which saw Rachael Blackmore fall off her horse earlier in the race

Snow Leopardess lead by five lengths as the race entered its closing stages, before Francky Du Berlais took control with five fences to jump.

But Delta Ward made a late charge after keeping pace for the majority to take the glory, with Galvin and Franco de Port taking second and third respectively.

Jockey, Keith Donoghue, said “obviously I felt him coming to me in the second last, but when I saw it was Galvin I was a little bit worried, he’s something else.

“But you know this lads tough and he battled well.”

Earlier Energumene won the Queen Mother Chase for the second consecutive year, while Langer Dan battled hard to take the Coral Cup Hurdle.

Maskada, trained by Henry de Bromhead, won the Handicap Chase at 16:50 as Global Citizen failed to convert after leading for most of the turn and finished third to make up the podium.

The Champion Bumper is the final race of the day, with play closing at 17:30.

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