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Cheltenham Festival Day Four: Henry de Bromhead makes history in the Gold Cup

Second-string Minella Indo ends Al Boum Photo’s dream of a rare hat-trick as the curtain on the 2021 Cheltenham Festival was brought down



Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 15, 2019 Minella Indo ridden by Rachael Blackmore as they win the 2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Henry De Bromhead became the first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and the Gold Cup in the same year when Minella Indo caused an upset in Friday’s feature race at the Cheltenham Festival.

The eight-year-old produced an immaculate display of jumping throughout the race, before joining the leading group at four out.

The gelding went two lengths ahead at the final fences, and had to fight off the advances of stablemate A Plus Tard in the closing stages.

However, Minella Indo held on to win by just over a length to round off a memorable week for his trainer.

minella indo claimed a second festival win in the gold cup on friday [credit: racing tv]

Rachael Blackmore cemented her place at as Top Jockey in the opening contest, as Quilixios bolted home in the Truimph Hurdle.

De Bromhead’s four-year-old took the lead from Talking About You just before two out and going clear after the last to win by 3 1/4 length.

Quilixios crowned himself king of the juveniles on Friday at Prestbury Park under Rachael Blackmore

Finale Juvenile Hurdle winner Adagio ran a cracker to claim second, while Haut En Couleurs impressed on his stable debut for Willie Mullins to take third.

The Irish dominance continued into the County Hurdle, with Belfast Banter making late headway to give Peter Fahey his first Festival success.

The 33/1 outsider edged into the lead in the final 100 yards, seeing off the challenging top-weight Petit Mouchoir by a length and a quarter.

Neil Mulholland’s Milkwood kept on for third, while Eclair De Beaufeu had to settle for fourth.

Irish winners have become a common sight at this year’s Festival, with the Albert Bartlett being taken by another trainer across the Irish sea.

Gavin Cromwell landed his second Cheltenham success of the week, in the form of improving sort Vanillier.

The six-year-old made easy work of the field in the closing stages, going three lengths ahead before the last and quickening up after to land victory by a convincing 11 lengths.

Oscar Elite claimed second at a big price of 40/1 for Colin Tizzard, while tough sort Streets Of Doyen kept on take third for Simon Torrens.

The inaugural Mares’ Chase went in favour of Willie Mullins, with second favourite Colreevy producing a strong performance for the Closutton trainer.

Colreevy outbattled stable-mate Elimay in the first running of the Mares’ Chase

The eight-year-old had to give 2lbs to market favourite Elimay, but she gamely took on her stablemate in the home straight, with the dual Grade 1 winner doing enough in the final strides to claim victory.

Porlock Bay gave the British trainers their only winner of the day, after a battling showing in the Foxhunters Chase.

The 10-year-old narrowly took the lead at two out, trading blows with last season’s runner-up Billaway all the way to the line before prevailing by a short neck to give Will Biddick a maiden Festival victory as a trainer.

The final race of the day saw Willie Mullins snatch the top trainer accolade at the very last, with Galopin Des Champs producing an impressive performance in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle.

a win in the martin pipe for galopin des champs meant willie mullins was leading trainer at the cheltenham festival once again [credit: racing tv]

The five-year-old travelled strongly alongside Dan Skelton’s Langer Dan, with the Irish gelding pulling clear in the final strides to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

Floueur caught the eye when making late headway to take third, while Whatsupwithyou claimed fourth for Ben Pauling.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.