Horse Racing – Cheltenham Competition – Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain – March 15, 2019 Paul Townend celebrates with Al Boum Picture after successful the three.30 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Al Boum Picture, ridden by way of Paul Townend, received the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday to provide teacher Willie Mullins his first victory within the flagship race.
The 12-1 shot beat Anibale Fly and Bristol De Mai as favourite Presenting Percy had a disappointing run.
“It feels nice,” Mullins, who had skilled six runners-up within the race, informed ITV Recreation.
“It’s just right to get the Gold Cup in the end, 3 of my different 4 runners had been out prior to the circuit completed. However Al Boum Picture seemed so comfy and I knew he may just leap.
“I come right here annually and get started afresh, however I didn’t assume I’d have a just right Cheltenham with how the wintry weather had long past.”
Previous, 20-1 shot Pentland Hills received the Triumph Hurdle however the race was once overshadowed by way of the loss of life of favourite Sir Erec who needed to be put down following a significant harm sustained after going over a fence.
“There was once no reason why we will have predicted that harm,” David Sykes, the director of Equine Well being and Welfare on the British Horseracing Authority, informed ITV.
“Previously, when he was once checked, the vets reported he moved neatly and had no indication of lameness or accidents. We’re by no means going to forestall the ones form of catastrophic accidents.”
Sir Erec was once the second one horse to die on the four-day competition after Mullins-trained Ballyward was once fatally injured on Tuesday.
Reporting by way of Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, enhancing by way of Ed Osmond