The best was saved until last at the Festival with Cheltenham day 4 results culminating in the Gold Cup. This cracking card saw Willie Mullins dominate the finale day of four fantastic days of jumps action.
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1:30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle Result
|1st||Vauban||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins||2½ lengths||6/4F|
|2nd||Fil D’Or||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||neck||11/2|
|3rd||Pied Piper||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott||4¾ lengths||7/2|
In the opening Triumph Hurdle, Irish juveniles dominated with Emerald Isle raiders the first five home. Heading those were Vauban, who confirmed Leopardstown form with Fil D’Or in the Cheltenham day 4 results here. This was a sixth winner of the Festival for trainer Mullins.
Davy Russell chose correctly from the two Gordon Elliott runners with previous course and distance winner Pied Piper only third. This race belonged to Mullins, Paul Townend and owners Rich and Susannah Ricci, though. Vauban looks sure to have his Champion Hurdle odds cut off the back of this.
2:10 – County Hurdle Result
|1st||State Man||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins||1¼ lengths||11/4F|
|2nd||First Street||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson||1¾ lengths||16/1|
|3rd||Colonel Mustard||Conor Orr ||Lorna Fowler||2¼ lengths||13/2|
|4th||West Cork||Harry Skelton||Dan Skelton||¾ of a length||13/2|
State Man looked like the proverbial graded horse in a handicap when landing the County Hurdle with any amount in hand. His success made it a magnificent seven Festival wins for Mullins with Townend again aboard.
First Street chased him home for Nicky Henderson with Cheltenham day 4 results showing Colonel Mustard in third. The Greatwood Hurdle winner West Cork also hit the frame for trainer-jockey brothers Dan and Harry Skelton.
2:50 – Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Result
|1st||The Nice Guy||Sean O’Keeffe||Willie Mullins||5 lengths||18/1|
|2nd||Minella Cocooner||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins||4¼ lengths||9/2|
|3rd||Bardenstown Lad||Sean Bowen||John McConnell||4 lengths||20/1|
In a race where there is often a turn up, 18/1 chance The Nice Guy led home a 1-2 for Mullins, who made it an incredible eight winners and a treble on the day. He outstayed Minella Cocooner to land the Albert Bartlett, while the market principals Hillcrest and Ginto both pulled up.
This was one of the more shocking Cheltenham day 4 results here, but the the winner was lightly-raced and unexposed under Sean O’Keeffe. There was an Irish 1-2-3 in this 3m Grade 1 with course winner Bardenstown Lad hitting the frame ahead of Ballygrifincottage.
3:30 – Cheltenham Gold Cup Result
|1st||A Plus Tard||Rachael Blackmore||Henry De Bromhead||15 lengths||3/1F|
|2nd||Minella Indo||Robbie Power||Henry De Bromhead||2½ lengths||7/1|
|3rd||Protektorat||Harry Skelton||Dan Skelton||short-head||10/1|
A Plus Tard went one better than 12 months earlier and turned around past Gold Cup results with stable companion Minella Indo as Henry De Bromhead saddled the 1-2 in the blue riband steeplechase again. The winner stormed 15 lengths clear up the famous hill, reversing previous form in emphatic style.
Despite a mistake at the last, Protektorat just held on to third by a short-head from Galvin with Royale Pagaille in fifth. Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Gold Cup here, continuing to break gender boundaries. Of all Cheltenham day 4 results, this will dominate the headlines.
4:10 – Festival Open Hunters Chase Result
|1st||Billaway||Patrick Mullins||Willie Mullins||neck||13/8F|
|2nd||Winged Leader||Barry O’Neill||David Christie||12 lengths||9/2|
|3rd||Mighty Stowaway||Jamie Codd||Gordon Elliott||13 lengths||33/1|
Billaway stayed on from a seemingly impossible position to ensure Mullins set a new record for most Festival winners. This horse made it third time lucky in the Hunters Chase, getting up in the dying strides to overhaul Winged Leader by a neck under trainer’s son and crack amateur Patrick.
This was three years in the making with previous Cheltenham day 4 results seeing Billaway finish second twice before in the race. He delivered here, though, with another Irish 1-2-3 here. David Christie can feel unlucky to have been caught up the hill with Winged Leader a dozen lengths clear of Mighty Stowaway.
4:50 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase Result
|1st||Elimay||Mark Walsh||Willie Mullins||½ lengths||9/4|
|2nd||Pink Legend||Charlie Deutsch||Venetia Williams||nose||28/1|
|3rd||Scarlet And Dove||Bryan Cooper||Joseph O’Brien||4 lengths||33/1|
Elimay went one better than 12 months ago in the Mares Chase, showing great heart and desire to get up and prevail. Even though stable companion Concertista was backed into favourite, but was only fifth. Mullins made it an incredible 10 victories at the Festival and a five-timer on the day.
The Cheltenham day 4 results show two outsiders hitting the frame here with Pink Legend just a nose ahead of Scarlet And Dove. Grand National hope Mount Ida disappointed too. Elimay avenged her defeat by the mighty Colreevy in gutsy fashion here.
5:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle Result
|1st||Banbridge||Mark McDonagh||Joseph O’Brien||1½ lengths||12/1|
|2nd||Cobblers Dream||Jack Andrews||Ben Case||2¼ lengths||12/1|
|3rd||Hollow Games||Jordan Gainford||Gordon Elliott||head||9/2|
|4th||Freedom To Dream||Liam Harrison||Peter Fahey||2¾ lengths||20/1|
An eventful finale to the Cheltenham day 4 results saw Banbridge avoid early carnage to land the Martin Pipe. Last year’s second Langer Dan made his exit before the race developed. Joseph O’Brien took this for the second time but this was a first Festival success for conditional jockey Mark McDonagh.
Banbridge found plenty up the hill despite the interreference of a loose horse. Cobblers Dream chased him home ahead of Hollow Games with Freedom To Dream also in the frame for Ireland. This brought the curtain down on another compelling Cheltenham Festival.
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