Minella Indo sees off a dramatic late charge from Rachael Blackmore’s A Plus Tard to claim victory in the Gold Cup as Henry de Bromhead creates history by becoming the FIRST trainer ever to win the big three feature races at Cheltenham
- Minella Indo claimed Gold Cup glory by seeing off A Plus Tard’s late challenge
- The result saw trainer Henry de Bromhead complete Cheltenham Holy Trinity
- He is first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup
- Follow all the action live from Cheltenham Festival today here with Sportsmail
Minella Indo edged out A Plus Tard to give trainer Henry de Bromhead a one-two in the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Ridden by Jack Kennedy, Minella Indo (9-1) got the better of gallant stablemate A Plus Tard, who was partnered by Festival sensation Rachael Blackmore.
The victory capped an incredible week for de Bromhead, who also collected the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase, becoming the first trainer to win all three of the big feature races at Cheltenham.
Minella Indo, rode by Jack Kennedy, won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham Festival on Friday
Kennedy had to see off a late charge from Rachael Blackmore’s A Plus Tard to win the Gold Cup
‘It’s unbelievable, delighted for everybody, all connections, we’ve had so much with this guy,’ De Bromhead told told ITV Racing after creating history.
‘He’s just an incredible horse, he comes alive here. Allaho winning yesterday gave us confidence.
‘A Plus Tard ran amazing, both jockeys are amazing.’
An emotional Kennedy admitted this was a dream come true for him. The winning jockey said: ‘This is what I’ve dreamt of since I was a child, just so grateful to Henry [de Bromhead] and Barry Maloney [owner], can’t thank them enough. I’ll be grateful to them for this for the rest of my life.
‘This is what I live for. I’m delighted. He carried me into it, I landed over the last and he pricked his years. It’s unbelievable stuff.’
The red-hot favourite Al Boum Photo finished in third behind Minella Indo and A Plus Tard
Frodon and Bryony Frost made the extended three-and-a-quarter-mile showpiece a true test. With Kemboy and Black Op for company, the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon put in serious leaps through the early stage, but Nicky Henderson’s hopes were dashed early on with Champ and Santini pulled up.
Willie Mullins’ Al Boum Photo – seeking a third successive win in the race – was ridden patiently, while A Plus Tard always had the leaders in his sights.
Blackmore closed the door on 9-4 favourite Al Boum Photo as the field galloped down towards the home turn, and it became a fight between the two De Bromhead runners.
But Minella Indo held the upper hand and repelled the determined challenge of the runner-up to win by a length and a quarter.
Al Boum Photo was four and a quarter lengths away in third. Native River, the winner in 2018, was fourth and Frodon fifth.
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