Cheltenham Festival RACING

Cheltenham Festival: Native River wins Gold Cup ahead of favourite Might Bite

Native River has won the Gold Cup on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

It was a two-horse race for the most part with the winner Native River coming out on top over favourite Might Bite, who was neck and up until the last jump.

Jockey Richard Johnson, speaking to ITV, said: “This is the most important race of our calendar and it’s just fantastic.”

Owner Garth Broom added: “We are going to take it in and enjoy it, when I’m dreaming don’t wake me up. He’s been wonderful over the years and he always gives his best. We’ve been second and third here,  now we’ve got to the right place.”

The horse’s trainer, Colin Tizzard then said: “The horse is worth a million, isn’t he?”

<> at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2018 in Cheltenham, England.

Earlier, Kilbricken Storm won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle bursting through at the end to claim a 33/1 victory.

Trained by Colin Tizzard, the seven year old beat Ok Corrall who came second, the favourite Santini in third and Ballyward in fourth.

Tizzard has admitted it’s been a “difficult” week with Kilbricken Storm having pus in his foot before the race.

Ok Corall, ridden by Barry Geraghty was tipped at 16/1, while Nicky Henderson’s Santini was priced at 11/4 and J.P Townend’s Ballyward was priced at 20/1.

A big win for Tizzard who goes into the Gold Cup on a win which could cause many people to put last minute bets on Native River.

It follows Mohaayed’s win in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle in a packed finish.

Trained by Dan Skelton, the six-year-old beat out Remiluc, Whiskey Sour and Chesterfield to land the Grade Three event at a huge price of 33-1.

Jockey Bridget Andrews, who sealed Skelton’s first win of the Festival, said after the race: “We had sort of ruled him out on the ground.

Remiluc, ridden by Harry Reed, was priced at 50/1, while Willie Mullins-trained Whiskey Sour was 7/1 and Chesterfield quoted at 16/1.

Earlier, Farclas won the JCB Triumph Hurdle, with favourite Apple’s Shakira finishing a disappointing fourth.

The horse, ridden by Jack Kennedy came in at 9-1, with Mr Adjudicator second at 8-1 and Sayo (33-1) completing the top three.

Speaking to ITV, trainer Gordon Elliot said it has been “an unbelievable few days for me” with Farclas’ win taking him up to seven winners he has trained this Festival.

Pachu Du Polder won the Foxhunter Chase, beating Top Wood and Barrell of Laughs who finished second and third.


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