Picture gallery: Racing fans enjoyed the Cheltenham Gold Cup in Cork city bars

Picture gallery: Racing fans enjoyed the Cheltenham Gold Cup in Cork city bars
Buster competition winner Anthony Coughlan of C&S Coughlan and Sons, with Bill Creagh, proprietor in the Joshua Tree. Picture: Larry Cummins

A TREBLE for Paul Townend including defending the Gold Cup with Al Boum Photo made it a day to remember at Cheltenham. 

Patrons at Quinlan's Bar, Blackpool: William Crowley, Nathan Sweeney, Kelvin Dunlea, Fionn Brickley, Ciaran Dennehy and Eric Drummond. Picture: Larry Cummins
Patrons at Quinlan's Bar, Blackpool: William Crowley, Nathan Sweeney, Kelvin Dunlea, Fionn Brickley, Ciaran Dennehy and Eric Drummond. Picture: Larry Cummins

The Gold Cup was followed by another famous victory for the father and daughter combination of Eugene and Maxine O’Sullivan from Kilshannig. History was repeating itself as here as Eugene had combined with his brother William to win the race on Lovely Citizen back in 1991. 

An elated Maxine was speechless after the race while the travelling Duhallow support promised a big party on their return.

Townend looks to have another star on his hands as Monkfish defied his inexperience and a significant error to deny Latest Exhibition in a great finish to the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, in the process giving Willie Mullins a sixth winner of the week.

The six-year-old, who ran out a 20-length winner on his previous start at Thurles, was giving owners Susannah and Rich Ricci a second success of the week after Min's gritty Ryanair Chase success.

It was a clean-sweep of races on the day for Ireland's champion trainer, who had fortuitously struck in the Triumph Hurdle with Burning Victory and then Saint Roi in the County Hurdle.

Watching the final race of the week in The Joshua Tree were Cian Duggan, Kenneth Lee, Derek Daniels and Anthony Peelo. Picture: Larry Cummins
Watching the final race of the week in The Joshua Tree were Cian Duggan, Kenneth Lee, Derek Daniels and Anthony Peelo. Picture: Larry Cummins

Winning rider Paul Townend said: "He's a big animal and he's only learning on the job. He got beaten the first time and when I rode him the second time it was like he'd never run. I thought we'd ride him handy enough and go a nice rhythm. He did plenty of looking around him."

"I think I was far enough clear of him. This lad was having a right look. There's a lot of people standing close to the last hurdle. He's a big baby and he was having a good look."

Charlie Saville with daughters Nicole Dillon and Avril O'Brien, and granddaughters Louise and Jennifer Dillon. watching the racing at Quinlan's. Picture: Larry Cummins
Charlie Saville with daughters Nicole Dillon and Avril O'Brien, and granddaughters Louise and Jennifer Dillon. watching the racing at Quinlan's. Picture: Larry Cummins

The JCB Triumph Hurdle will live long in the memory as Burning Victory and Paul Townend became the beneficiary of a last hurdle blunder by Goshen who was ten lengths clear of the field before his dramatic fall. 

Goshen's owner Steve Packham said: "It's one of those things – it's jump racing unfortunately. He was well clear, and Jamie's obviously distraught. It's such a shame, but we'll be back next year.

Asked what Moore said, Packham added: "He didn't realise he was as far clear as he was and he should have popped him perhaps, like he did when everyone said he run down the hurdle at Ascot. But we live to fight another day, don't we?"

Watching the racing at The Joshua Tree bar, Blarney Street were Gerard Healy, Aidan Harrington, Kevin Connolly and Ross O'Sullivan. Picture: Larry Cummins
Watching the racing at The Joshua Tree bar, Blarney Street were Gerard Healy, Aidan Harrington, Kevin Connolly and Ross O'Sullivan. Picture: Larry Cummins

Both horse and rider were unscathed and the race was handed to the Willie Mullins-trained Burning Victory, a fourth winner of the week for the Irish champion. 

Winning rider Paul Townend said: "It's not the nicest way to win a race but I've been on the other end of that too so I know what it feels like. We’ll take every bit of luck we get.

"I jumped the first two well, she didn't jump at all the first run. She's improved so much for that. I got her out down the hill and I started to pick up from there. I was lucky enough I had the horse in the position to pick up the pieces."

JP McManus finished the festival as leading owner after so many handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival after the heavily backed Saint Roi claimed the Randox Health County Hurdle in fine style at Cheltenham.

Travelling well under the festival's top rider Barry Geraghty, the 11-2 favourite was one of four in a line going over the last before powering up the hill for an impressive win in his first start in a handicap.

Paul O'Donovan, Richard O'Driscoll and Brian Deasy from Blarney, watching the racing in Quinlan's. Picture: Larry Cummins
Paul O'Donovan, Richard O'Driscoll and Brian Deasy from Blarney, watching the racing in Quinlan's. Picture: Larry Cummins

Geraghty, who rode his fifth winner of the meeting and silenced his critics in some style this week said: "He's only had three runs, he's a young horse [so] you're saving him, hoping he's gonna find after the last so you dare not go near the button.

"When you have lots of horse, the stride pops up easy. He was electric. For a horse with little experience and the pace they went, he was very good. Willie was sweet and he's not a bad judge."

Thomas O'Connor, Martin Dineen and Paul Philpott with a winning docket in the Joshua Tree. Picture: Larry Cummins
Thomas O'Connor, Martin Dineen and Paul Philpott with a winning docket in the Joshua Tree. Picture: Larry Cummins

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