Cheltenham Festival 2020: Gold Day Results & Recap
Cheltenham Racecourse had come under fire for allowing the meeting to continue amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus but that didn’t dampen racegoer spirits. It was business as usual at Cheltenham as 68,859 people flocked to the Home of Jump racing for The Festival climax – Gold Cup Friday.
Stars were out in full force too as Zara Tindall and husband, Mike, who had been in attendance across all four days were joined by Lily Allen, Georgia ‘Toff’, Victoria Pendleton, Nick Knowles and Peter Phillips on the final day of The Festival.
All worries of the dreaded coronavirus were left at the gates as racegoers ensured that one of the most animated days of Cheltenham Festival came to life.
The JCB Triumph Hurdle
The obvious favourite for punters was Gary Moore-trained Goshen, who had produced a dominant performance throughout much of the race, pulling away seven lengths clear before unseating jockey, Jamie Moore at the final hurdle.
He had extended his lead against Allmankind who had put up a fierce challenge against the bookmaker favourite, to let it all slip away in a matter of seconds. A tired Allmankind couldn’t muster up enough energy to take the lead, leaving it to Burning Victory to bring it home in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
Punters were well and truly baffled, it’s been a horrible time for favourites at The Festival this year.
The Randox Health County Handicap
Two miles and one furlong was the trip for 24 runners and finally, a Cheltenham Festival favourite seemed to have some luck.
Barry Geraghty notched another Festival victory on Saint Roi, who had been pushed by Embittered to the very last. He had remained with the front group the whole race but delivered an impressive run at the last two pull away on the approach to the line.
Aramon made head-turning pace to outrun Embittered at the last and finish strongly in second. It was his first handicap at Cheltenham Festival and it will be interesting to see what’s lined up next for the seven-year-old horse who has undeniable potential.
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
Four horses were in contention for the title up until the final hurdle in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.
Monkfish, who made a mistake three out stepped it up a gear at the last. Under Paul Townend, the six-year-old produced a gamely finish to beat Latest Exhibition by a neck.
He was also challenged by Fury Road and Thyme Hill coming up to the finish. Fury Road finished a nose behind Latest Exhibition and Thyme Hill was pushed out a length and a quarter behind.
The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
The coronavirus may not be forgotten for a while but neither will Al Boum Photo’s impressive victory. He has cemented his name amongst the legendary few that have achieved back-to-back Gold Cup titles.
The St James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
It Came To Pass romped to a fantastic victory, five lengths ahead of the second-place finisher. It was an impressive performance from the 66/1 underdog who dominated coming up to the last hurdle.
100/1 Marcle Ridge had led for the majority of the race before tiring St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse. Shantou Flyer, who was last year’s runner up and the prospect for the 2020 title finished 15 lengths behind It Came To Pass in third.
It was another shock victory at Cheltenham Festival 2020 but not for trainer Eugene O’Sullivan, who knew what the horse was capable of.
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase
The penultimate race of the day and another dominated by bookmaker favourite.
This time it was Chosen Mate who showed his class, jumping ahead at the last to stomp to victory. Éclair De Beaufeu came in second to give Gordon Elliott a one-two in the race and his seventh win of the Cheltenham Festival.
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Run for conditional jockeys, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle was the perfect photo finish to Cheltenham Festival 2020!
Indefatigable, much like his name did not tire, storming down the home straight the 25/1 horse soon claimed victory. It looked as if 9/1 Pileon was going to receive the trophy but Indefatigable pipped him to the post, just getting in front across the line.
It was a dramatic finish in a dramatic race but a frustrating end for Pileon’s trainer, Philip Hobbs.