John Fran­come, for­mer jockey, ex-Chan­nel 4 an­a­lyst

Irish Examiner - Racing - - CHELTENHAM PREVIEW 2017 -

“My favourite fes­ti­val mem­ory has al­ways been Jonjo in the Gold Cup on Dawn Run. I rode quite a few win­ners and I don’t re­mem­ber any of them as well as I re­mem­ber Dawn Run. It was just one of those very spe­cial mo­ments. Coney­gree win­ning the 2015 Gold Cup, Sea Pi­geon win- ning three Cham­pion Hur­dles — there’s been a lot of spe­cial mo­ments but her win­ning a Gold Cup hav­ing won a Cham­pion Hur­dle was pretty spe­cial. It’s such a rare achieve­ment and it’s so hard to do. Three and a quar­ter miles at Cheltenham, it looked like she was down and out be­fore Jonjo gal­vanised her and she got back up again. Just a shame she went off and died in France.”

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