Cheltenham Festival 2019: Al Boum Photo claims Gold Cup glory success

Townend became once the Irish champion jockey in the 2010/11 season

The 12-1 probability Al Boum Photograph, ridden by Paul Townend, attach aside in a unbelievable expose to give coach Willie Mullins a first Cheltenham Gold Cup victory.

Mullins, the Festival’s most successful coach, had beforehand accomplished 2d six conditions in the approved hurry.

Al Boum Photograph had some anxious moments with his leaping. but raced away to prefer by two-and-a-half lengths.

Fellow Irish challenger Anibale Flit (22-1) became once 2d with the grey Bristol De Mai (18-1) aid in third.

“I will no longer think it,” an emotional Townend steered BBC Radio 5 Reside. “It contrivance the entirety. It be the head and I will no longer think I’ve won it.

“I got in a supreme looking out rhythm. When you are going successfully, it supreme seems so straightforward.”

For a really long time it looked adore closing year’s winner Native River and runner-up Could perchance also Chunk would be in the shake-up all every other time as they headed the field after the principle circuit.

Clan Des Obeaux, phase-owned by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, looked adore he would exertion.

Nonetheless it absolutely became once Al Boum Photograph, surely one of four Mullins runners in the hurry and the completely one to affect it into the 2d circuit, who started to peek the strongest.

The pair had a diminutive spin at the 2d closing before safely negotiating the supreme fence and battling up the infamous Cheltenham hill for the victory.

Townend and Al Boum Photograph had been at the centre of a dramatic incident at closing year’s Punchestown Festival that left the jockey with a 21-day ban for perilous utilizing.

Townend, while main the Champion Beginners’ Move, steered the horse staunch of the supreme obstacle having it sounds as if heard a cry telling him to circumvent it.

Within the technique he collided with fellow runner Finian’s Oscar and crashed into the white fence.

Extra to apply.

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