The don takes charge

Stephen Mullen on Gold Cup Day

Racing Ahead - - CHELTENHAM FRIDAY REVIEW -

Djakadam, who was rid­den by Ruby Walsh for owner Rich Ricci:“We have no ex­cuses – he had ev­ery chance from the fifth-last home and jumped as cleanly as he could. He was beaten by a bet­ter horse on the day so con­grat­u­la­tions to all the con­nec­tions of the win­ner.”

Colin Tiz­zard re­flected on Cue Card’s fall at the third last fence when his horse had taken a nar­row lead.

The trainer said:“We just thank god that Cue Card got up af­ter the fall. That is cham­pi­onship rac­ing, isn’t it – two sec­onds be­fore that you think here we go – he was slightly in front. He just put down and hit the top of the fence and over he went.

“He is ab­so­lutely fine,he’s walked away as though he hasn’t got a care in the world and hardly blow­ing. There are worst things that have hap­pened.

“Go­ing flat out in a Gold Cup, it will bring mis­takes. He hasn’t looked like fall­ing in four sea­sons of chas­ing.Joe fell off him once.

“He was run­ning a bril­liant race – I’m chuffed to have had him for the last six years.He is rac­ing dif­fer­ently nowa­days – off the bri­dle and lob­bing along.”

RE­SULT

1 Don Cos­sack (GER) (Tongue Strap) Gor­don El­liott, Ire­land 11st 10lb Bryan Cooper 9/4 Fav 2 Djakadam (FR) Wil­lie Mullins, Ire­land 11st 10lb RubyWalsh 9/2 3 Don Poli (IRE)Wil­lie Mullins,Ire­land 11st 10lb Davy Rus­sell 9/2 4 Car­ling­ford Lough (IRE) John Kiely, Ire­land 11st 10lb Barry Ger­aghty 5 Ir­ish Cava­lier (IRE) (Sheep­skin C/P) Re­becca Cur­tis 11st 10lb Paul Tow­nend 6 Smad Place (FR) Alan King 11st 10lb Wayne Hutchin­son 7 O’Fao­lains Boy (IRE) (Sheep­skin C/P) Re­becca Cur­tis 11st 10lb Noel Fe­hily 8 On His Own (IRE) (Sheep­skin C/P) Wil­lie Mullins,Ire­land 11st 10lb Mr Pa­trick Mullins FELL 3 OUT Cue Card (Tongue Strap)

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