'It was amazing' - Sizing John delivers thrilling Gold Cup for Harrington

'It was amazing' - Sizing John delivers thrilling Gold Cup for Harrington

Derrypatrick, Drumree jockey Robbie Power added a Cheltenham Gold Cup success to his CV this afternoon at the final day of the Festival when he stormed to victory with the Jessic Harrington-trained Sizing John to add a second victor of the week after Supasundae on Wednesday. When you're on the best horse you can go anywhere. The Gold Cup is a race for young horses.

She added: "I've never had a runner in the race before so to train the victor - I don't know when I'll come down to earth".

Native River is another popular selection at 5/1 and has everything in his locker to overcome the odds. I was 25 when I won the National and took it for granted I would win everything after that. now I'm 35, reality has long since bitten on my complacency.

Willie Mullins has trained 52 Festival winners, but never the victor of the Gold Cup.

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Deeply impressive handicap victor at the last Festival and appears to have taken a step forward since joining Gordon Elliott this season.

For 70-year-old Harrington it was her 10th Festival victor and added Gold Cup success to the Champion Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase while for Power it comes 10 years after he won the Grand National on Silver Birch.

Tomorrow, the pair hope that it's third time lucky for Djakadam (7/2) who has finished second in the feature race of the festival - the Gold Cup (3.30pm) - the past two years.

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Minella Rocco had won the four-miler at last year's Cheltenham Festival and will run again before the end of the season, according to his trainer. After a fair weight-carrying effort in a November handicap here, he has fallen at Aintree and then unseated at an early stage in the Irish Gold Cup.

The pair clashed in a Grade One heat at Naas back in January and Augusta Kate was travelling noticeably well in behind before she got the last all wrong, just as she was gearing up to lay down her challenge.

So often in the shadow of Douvan over two miles, Sizing John kept on strongly up the hill to score by two and three-quarter lengths from the staying-on Minella Rocco (18-1). Balance of his form is at shorter trips, so a strong finish can not be relied upon.

The one improver I have come up with is Sizing John.

Early promise over fences, including when a wide-margin Grade One victor at Aintree two years ago.

"It's his jumping that got him here".

With her step father as her trainer and her mother part-owner of the horse she is riding, it is very much a family enterprise.

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