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Rufina Vignone
Marzo 18, 2017

Amateur rider Gina Andrews became the second woman to ride a victor at this year's Festival when she drove 40-1 rank outsider Domesday Book home to give Stuart Edmunds a victory for one of training's smaller operators.

Minella Rocco had won the four-miler at last year's Cheltenham Festival and will run again before the end of the season, according to his trainer.

For 70-year-old Harrington it was her 10th Festival victor and added Gold Cup success to the Champion Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase while for Power it comes 10 years after he won the Grand National on Silver Birch. "I don't know when I'll come down to earth".

"It is the jewel in the crown", she said.

He stayed on well to win the Kinloch Brae Chase over two and a half miles at Thurles on his penultimate run. "Henry de Bromhead did all the hard work, on both this horse and on Supasundae, and I only inherited them in September", said Harrington.

For Power the victory meant more than when he won the 2007 Grand National. I was only 25 when I won the National and I'm 35 now.

Power added, "The one thing about Sizing John is you can rely on his jumping".

After two wins, we had to settle for a second yesterday but we're confident of finishing with a flourish and while the odds aren't going to make you a millionaire, Defi Du Seuil at 2/1 is the bet.

Power went on: "I had a lot of confidence in this horse, ever since the first day I rode him behind Douvan". His run with Tombstone and Jezki the last day was very strong; if he starts I think he's much better than his mark. "He looks like a three-mile chaser and if Douvan hadn't been around he'd have been an unbelievable two-miler".

Neither the word luck, nor the word novice, exactly apply to a woman who has become a master of her profession, with the impressive Sizing John completing her set of the festival's most important races.

"It's absolutely fantastic. My first runner in a Gold Cup", Harrington said.

Djakadam has been backed down to 11/4 ahead of the race at 3.30pm.

Djakadam's jockey Ruby Walsh, who rode four winners on Thursday, said it hadn't cost him the race just the same spot he had filled in the previous two editions.

In the day's second race, trainer Pat Kelly and owner Philip Reynolds teamed up to win their second successive Pertemps Handicap Hurdle when Presenting Percy triumphed in fine style under a patient ride from Davy Russell. Gordon Elliott's horses are red-hot and the cheekpieces improved him the last day so he'll fly the Irish flag proudly.

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