Paddy's day at Cheltenham

Cue Card and Colin Tizzard

Amateur rider Gina Andrews became the second woman to ride a victor at this year's Festival when she drove 40-1 rank outsider Domesday Book home to give Stuart Edmunds a victory for one of training's smaller operators.

Victor of the Grade 1 three-mile novices' chase at the Aintree Grand National meeting last April, the son of Indian River has progressed well this season, winning the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Welsh Grand National.

As Sizing John bounded past Native River with a spectacular leap over the second last fence on his way to becoming the third Irish horse in four years to prevail in the signature race, it was then that the 70-year-old trainer knew that victory was going to be hers.

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

"I think Alan is speechless and this is especially great for Ann as she is not very well and it will give her a real boost", she said.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the race that every trainer, jockey and owner in the land wants to win.

For 70-year-old Harrington it was her 10th Festival victor and added Gold Cup success to the Champion Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase while for Power it comes 10 years after he won the Grand National on Silver Birch.

Cue Card was travelling well a year ago in the Gold Cup and looked set to win but managed to fall at the third when perfectly poised.

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Sizing John's win is rich reward for the Potts, who have poured money in to jumps racing with fervour for the past 12 years. Since the first day I rode him behind Douvan, I felt that all he did was stay.

Master Blueyes can be a good each-way punt in the opening Triumph Hurdle but Defi De Sueil looks the best horse in the race and should give JP McManus another victor here this week.

Djakadam had an interrupted preparation previous year, he had a bad fall in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January in his prep race for the Gold Cup.

Gordon Elliott and Mullins had six winners apiece, but Elliott took his maiden leading trainer honour thanks to more second-place finishes.

"We are all trainers", she said, dismissively.

Ruby Walsh's historic four-timer for Mullins on Thursday ensured the Festival's all-time top rider was top jockey for the 11th time.

Harrington's only caveat in giving post-Gold Cup interviews was to be free to watch her runner in the final race.

Remarkably, Power and Harrington teamed up with Rock the World for another victory in the Grand Annual Chase, the concluding race of a dream Cheltenham for Ireland.

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