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2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup result - Native River outstays Might Bite to claim Gold Cup glory


We bring you the full result of the feature race at the Cheltenham Festival, as Native River claimed Gold Cup glory on Friday afternoon.

Torrential weather conditions couldn’t dampen the build up to the Gold Cup, as 17 top stayers approached the post in National Hunt Racing’s most prestigious race.

Might Bite had been sitting atop the market for the Gold Cup ever since his strong victory in the King George. As the rain started to settle into the Prestbury Park turf, punters piled into Might Bite’s main rivals, Native River and Our Duke 

With Nicky Henderson on the brink of a historic treble, punters pounced on Might Bite this morning and last year’s RSA winner was smashed in from 9/2 into 7/2. Our Duke and Native River had initially drifted out to 11/2. Yet, the market closed up again in the minutes before the race and just half-a-point separated Might Bite and Our Duke as they cantered down to the start.

Another big morning mover was Cotswold Chase winner Definitly Red, who was clipped into a single-figure price for the very first time. Brian Ellison’s charge is a known lover of the mud and he settled amongst the pace setters as the starter sent them on their way.

The favourites came to the fore early on, with Richard Johnson taking Native River straight to the front. Nico De Boinville kept tabs on the leader, as the two established a decent lead after the first circuit.

Robbie Power asked Our Duke to stay with the pace setters, but it was soon evident it wasn’t going to be his year, as Power pulled Jessica Harrington’s mount up half-way down the back straight. Definitly Red also struggled to live with the pace and failed to make any inroads and a swerve to avoid the falling Total Recall definitively ended his slim chances.

Road To Respect’s jumping let him down when Sean Flanagan asked him for an effort. Anibale Fly powered past him in the race for third place, but this year’s Gold Cup was all about the front two.

Richard Johnson got to work on Native River rounding the final bend, but Nico De Boinville was still unmoved in Might Bite’s saddle jumping the second-last. Unlike last year, Might Bite stayed on a true path towards the finishing line and it looked for all money as if Nicky Henderson was about to make history.

Yet, Native River stayed on, and on, and on. Richard Johnson was as animated as ever, urging his charge to get to the line and he, eventually, beat Might Bite into submission. 12 months after crossing the line a very tired third, Native River was crowned Gold Cup champion.

Colin Tizzard was understandably thrilled after the race, paying tribute to both horse and jockey. Despite coming out second best, Henderson was delighted with Might Bite’s efforts, lamenting the heavy ground and dreaming of what might have been.

Djakadam ran a big race for Willie Mullins, crossing the line fifth ahead of Edwulf, who came from the rear of the field to claim a creditable sixth. Neither, however, were anywhere near Native River as he crossed the line and the crowd erupted as Colin Tizzard lifted the coveted Gold Cup trophy.

2018 Gold Cup Full Result


🏆 1st NATIVE RIVER 5/1 🏆

2nd MIGHT BITE 4/1

3rd ANIBALE FLY 33/1

4th ROAD TO RESPECT 9/1

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