Jonjo O'Neill delighted with Minella Rocco's run in Cheltenham Gold Cup

Jonjo O'Neill delighted with Minella Rocco's run in Cheltenham Gold Cup

Its Timico Mixed Open Series, which began in January, will culminate in an all-new Timico Mixed Open Gold Cup Final to be held at the Hunter Chase evening at Cheltenham Racecourse, the Home of Jump Racing, on Friday 5 May.

Djakadam, twice the runner-up, travelled well for most of the race and looked as though he might finally win for Willie Mullins.

It should prove to be yet another day of spectacular Grade One jumping and should prove to be a fitting end to the 2017 Cheltenham Festival. It is impossible to know how he would have fared had he stood up, there is a school of thought that says that he wouldn't have beaten Don Cossack anyway, but he was travelling well and we will never know for certain.

"No woman's ridden it since I've been watching it".

Harrington said: "I can't believe it, it was unbelievable how he jumped and travelled".

This horse, who is now 11, seems to have been around forever and amazingly first caught my attention in 2010 when he won the champion bumper at 40-1.

Power, who has only recently fought his way back from a serious injury to his eye socket, joined an elite band of jockeys to have won both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Sadly he won't be that price today and I'm actually going to take him on with stable companion Native River, who just keeps on improving having won the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Welsh Grand National before stepping up his game last time in the Denman Chase. On breeding, I think he will stay and we have seen in the past with Best Mate and Kicking King that horses can win a Gold Cup once they go up in distance.

Willie Mullins has trained 52 Festival winners, but never the victor of the Gold Cup.




Power went on: "I had a lot of confidence in this horse, ever since the first day I rode him behind Douvan".

The first race could be won Richard Johnsion on top of Defi Du Seuil at odds of 4/9. When you're on the best horse you can go anywhere. "He had it over two miles behind Douvan and he has that bit of speed".

Owner Garth Broom said of third-placed Native River: "I felt we were slightly robbed of second right on the line, but finishing third in a Gold Cup with a seven-year-old is something you can't complain about".

"This is the jewel in the crown, absolutely wonderful", said Harrington who joins two-time victor Jenny Pitman and triple winning trainer Henrietta Knight in the Gold Cup hall of fame. Initially disappointing over fences, he came good to win a strong renewal of the National Hunt Chase at the last Festival, with Native River second.

The Randox Health County Hurdle is always a keenly contested affair but Dan Skelton is taken to secure back-to-back victories with North Hill Harvey.

Deeply impressive handicap victor at the last Festival and appears to have taken a step forward since joining Gordon Elliott this season. In so doing, he claimed his sixth victor of the week to tie with Mullins but he won the title on countback to placed runners. "I can't believe it, I've got to get a Classic now [on the Flat]!"

Two fences in, it was all over for the 23-year-old. On Stayers' Hurdle day at Cheltenham's famous racecourse, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh recovered their form with four sensational wins.

Hobbs was brought to tears by the victory and added, "It's a relief!"

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Journalists Caught in Mount Etna Eruption Capture It on Video
Mar 18, 2017 - 01:28
Amongst those hurt near the summit of Etna on the island of Sicily were members of a television crew filming for the BBC. Kiss added that her guide told her the lava was around 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,800 Fahrenheit).

Secretary of State Tillerson used e-mail alias as Exxon CEO
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:40
PricewaterhouseCoopers and Exxon Mobil Corporation , was filed in New York State Supreme Court, New York County. Tillerson used an alias to send and receive global warming data via email, Reuters and NBC News are reporting.

Alexa Comes to the Amazon iOS App
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:39
Still, Still, you can now use Alexa on the iOS platform, and it lets you leverage skills and smart home capabilities. If you haven't already, you can download the Amazon app directly from the App Store by tapping on the link below.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How The US Deploying Troops To Syria Fits In The Wider Conflict
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:33
Special Operations forces operating alongside the SDF, in addition to about 250 Rangers and 200 Marines. Security Council to press Ankara to withdraw its troops.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump wants billions to build a border wall and ramp up deportations
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:31
Various estimates put the cost for the 30-foot (nine-meter) wall at between United States dollars 8 billion and USD 40 billion. The budget request did not include a way for Mexico to pay for constructing the barrier, as Trump pledged during the campaign.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump to review Obama-era fuel efficiency standards
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:29
Trump knocked President Obama for an "11th hour executive action" putting stricter measures on federal fuel-efficiency standards. Trump said revising fuel economy targets could help keep and protect U.S auto industry jobs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top MEN'S BASKETBALL: Notre Dame narrowly escapes Princeton's upset bid in first round
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:29
The Longhorns are the fourth team to earn 30 tournament berths, joining Tennessee (36), Georgia (32) and Stanford (31). That's a combined 4-for-21 (19 percent) from a pair of players who both shoot better than 43 percent from the field.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Charges 2 Russian FSB Officers, 2 Alleged Hackers Over Yahoo Attack
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:29
Besides orchestrating the breach, the indictment alleged that Yahoo accounts accessed without authorisation were used to launch a spam campaign.

USA warns UN Human Rights Council: Either reform, or we leave
Mar 16, 2017 - 00:54
It replaced the UN Human Rights Commission, which was facing severe criticism because countries with poor rights records became members and blocked its mission.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top England and All Blacks like Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
Mar 16, 2017 - 00:47
A lot has changed in our sport since that game, but there are some similarities between our team and the current England side. You've got to maintain your form throughout the Championship, one little slip-up and the Grand Slam is out of your grasp.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kane Williamson wicket key for South Africa - Du Plessis
Mar 16, 2017 - 00:46
Patel wins the spinner's spot as De Grandhomme comes in for Santner - obviously looking for a bit of extra batting prowess further down the order.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woman Who Went Viral For Her Fried Chicken Videos On Life Support
Mar 16, 2017 - 00:45
Chef Sista Girl, also known as Auntie Fee, is reportedly on life support after suffering a massive heart attack. On Tuesday, she complained of chest pains and began to vomit at her home in Los Angles.

SA power plan released - 16-Mar
Mar 16, 2017 - 00:44
Asked whether the gas guarantee would make make any difference to the amount of money being paid by local industrial gas users, Turnbull said it would depend on the amount of gas available.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meet Gru's brother Dru in Despicable Me 3 trailer
Mar 15, 2017 - 01:17
The first one focused on Gru and wife Lucy Wilde, played by Kristen Wiig, confronting Trey Parker's character Balthazar Bratt. Even though it may be the third in the Despicable Me trilogy, Illumination has expressed no interest in ending the franchise.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United Kingdom minister tells lawmakers not to delay Brexit
Mar 15, 2017 - 01:14
The EU's Court of Auditors will determine the amount of the bill on the EU side towards the end of the two-year negotiations.