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PART FOUR | THIS TIME TWO WEEKS AGO: Minella Indo completes remarkable De Bromhead treble

Minella Indo put behind his Leopardstown disappointment with a bloodless Gold Cup win to secure a second Cheltenham Festival success



Jack Kennedy (second right) celebrates on top of Minella Indo after winning the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Friday March 19, 2021.

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.

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
Minella Indo is now a two-time Festival winner, having landed the Albert Bartlett back in 2019

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.

watch: minella indo is a brilliant winner of the gold cup, seeing off a plus tard at prestbury park [credit: racing tv]

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.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.