Sizing John A Golden First For Harrington

Posted March 18, 2017

Last year Kelly became the first woman to ride the victor of a Grade One jumps race in Britain, and the talented jockey has already won seven races this season.

Minella Rocco had won the four-miler at last year's Cheltenham Festival and will run again before the end of the season, according to his trainer.

Today he had to negotiate the extra quarter of a mile of the Gold Cup, but the horse's speed allowed Power a dream run, and he jumped into the lead at the second last before showing endurance up the hill to win by 2 and 3 quarter lengths.

"Robert said he wasn't going to go down the inside, but he did".

However, from a betting perspective, Sizing John is more interesting at a bigger price. We might think of something else next year because I'm asking myself 'did he really stay?'.

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Onto day four of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival - and it's Gold Cup day.

Given a patient ride by Robbie Power, the seven-year-old completed the English-Irish Gold Cup double in style to dispel any stamina doubts. I can't believe it is true. Willie Mullins' Djakadam is the current market leader and has been the most popular selection on site with 27% of users in the last 48 hours putting their money on the 8yo to give his illustrious trainer a first win in the race.

O'Neill said: "It was his first run proper of the season, he has no miles on the clock and he'll improve a ton on that".

"It is out of relief as he has been favourite all year", said Hobbs. He's such a fantastic horse.

They'll both likely play second fiddle, however, as Defi Du Seuil is on a six-race winning streak and will be hard beaten, but Mega Fortune is my idea of the victor.

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The victor was bred in Burgundy by Catherine Boudot, whose late husband, the Lyon-based trainer Marc Boudot, died in 2008.

Catherine Boudot was a first-time Festival visitor and was overwhelmed by the atmosphere.

The Gold Cup will be the big story of the day, but we're also anxious about English-trained "good thing" Defi Du Seuil in the opening Triumph Hurdle (1.30pm) and the Irish banker Death Duty in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (2.50pm).

"His family traces back to my late husband's parents' bloodlines".

Boudot added, "We sold Defi to the Papot family just after he was weaned and they raced him before he was exported to Britain".

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Victory for Bryony Frost in the Foxhunter Chase, immediately after the Gold Cup, marked another notable achievement for women in racing.