Last but certainly not least
The final day of Cheltenham Festival was certainly one to be remembered, full of drama and surprises. As favourites failed to perform as expected, other horses took the titles in tense races throughout the day and the crowds swarmed to witness Gold Cup Day.
The number of injured jockeys rose today with the hospitalisation of Ruby Walsh after a hard fall from Abbyssial in the opening race, the Triumph Hurdle, in which he is reported to have broken his arm. Whilst there are worries that he will not be in fit form for the Grand National, more immediately, he was not able to ride in the elusive Gold Cup.
Daryl Jacob also took a fall from his mount, Port Melon after the horse spooked and ran directly into the Duralock racerail before it’s race. The horse dropped Jacob onto the an area of concrete by a group on onlookers. He was taken by stretcher to an Ambulance complaining on pain in his leg. Whilst this is an awful accident, we are proud to see from the footage that Duralock racerail reacted in exactly the way it was designed: flexing and popping apart upon impact to reduce the injury as much as possible. We wish Daryl Jacobs a fast recovery.
Gold Cup Glory
The pinnacle of the Cheltenham Festival, the Gold Cup race, was perhaps the most tense moment of the day as the champion was undeclared for a period of time after the race had finished. Lord Windermere, the apparent winner was under steward investigation as during the race, he veered to the right, impeding On His Own. After this short time of confusion, leaving punters with their hearts in their mouths, Lord Windermere was indeed announced as the rightful winner of the Gold Cup, returning to the Winners Enclosure to bask in the glory of the crowds and his jubilant connections.