A superb display from Minella Indo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup secured a championship treble for Henry de Bromhead at the Festival two weeks ago.
After victories through Honeysuckle and Put The Kettle On, de Bromhead trained the winner of the greatest prize of them all as the Irish dominated the landscape of Friday’s feature event, as they had done with the three counterparts in the days before.
Despite falling in the Savills Chase after Christmas and a rather below-par display in the Irish Gold Cup, Minella Indo sauntered to victory over stable-mate A Plus Tard, with two-time winner Al Boum Photo back in third.
Previous winner Native River was best of the British, beating Frodon into fourth.
Nicky Henderson duo Champ, who beat Minella Indo in the Brown Advisory the year before, and Santini, who was runner-up in the race twelve months ago, failed to fire and were both pulled up.
And the newly-crowned king of the chasing stayers is on course for a reappearance at Punchestown later this month in the Ladbrokes Gold Cup, his handler has confirmed.
De Bromhead told Racing TV: “Like all the horses that ran in Cheltenham, we will give him as much time as he needs and just see how he is before getting going again, but we would hopefully be returning to Punchestown with him.
“He won the Grade One three-mile novice hurdle at the Festival two years ago, following up from the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, so he does like it around Punchestown.
“We will see how he is and discuss it with the Maloneys, but there is a good chance (he’ll run) at this stage.”