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Cheltenham Festival day four - Roundup of the action on Gold Cup Friday

The Cheltenham Festival.

After the Cheltenham Festival came to a conclusion, James Stevens gives us a few pointers from the meeting to keep in mind.

Native River and Might Bite have serious class

The Gold Cup really was a thrilling battle, and I think it will go down as one of the best in recent years in terms of a quality race. Native River battled and grinded out his well-deserved victory after a top ride from champion jockey Richard Johnson. These two were a long way ahead of the rest with Road To Respect, Outlander and Our Duke a long way behind these two. There were plenty of big names missing from the Gold Cup, but these two have some serious class and it will be great if they turn up again next year.

Richard Johnson a champion of champions

Native River was really brave, but there was no better man to battle him home to glory than Richard Johnson. He hadn’t been hitting the headlines at this Festival, because he hadn’t been riding winners but he remains such a talented jockey who always tries his best. He deserves his place at the top of the riders list, and he is always a fantastic jockey booking regardless of who he is riding. If there was one man who deserved a Gold Cup victory, it is most certainly ‘Dickie’.

Keep an eye on the Irish in British handicaps

The Irish trained runners totally dominated the British in the handicaps, winning the majority of the races and taking a fair share of place money. With Aintree only around the corner, there is bound to be a lot more Irish horses with very fair handicap marks who could take some big prizes. They could be worth watching in big races next month including the Grand National.

Jack Kennedy a real star in the making

Once again Jack Kennedy enjoyed success at Cheltenham, and it is fair to say he has quickly made a huge name for himself at this year’s Festival. His wins aboard Shattered Love, Farclas and Veneer Of Charm showed his true class in the saddle, meanwhile he has a lot to be excited about with his regular ride Samcro. He looks like he could go all the way to the top as a jockey, and after a fantastic Cheltenham he is sure to be a very useful rider to book for big races.

Cheltenham Festival is still fantastic

This Festival really is the best in racing and once again it proved successful. Samcro, Buveur D’Air and Altior were examples of fantastic results for the punters, whilst Getabird, Apple’s Jade and Apple’s Shakira’s defeats keep the uncertainty of this Festival at a high. Warren Greatex’s celebration after the Kim Muir highlights the prestige of the meeting, whilst the aftermath of Native River’s thrilling Gold Cup win are evident to how racing loves their main event. The crowd figures set record, and despite terrible conditions it still remained much loved by its punters. The count till next year is already on.

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Cheltenham Festival day four - Roundup of the action on Gold Cup Friday

James Stevens rounds up the action from the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, as Native River won the Gold Cup on Friday 16th March.

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