Cheltenham Festival 2020: Top five moments
Just about recovered from another breathless Cheltenham Festival? Horse racing’s finest put on a helluva show at the home of jump racing!
So, while the lack of top-level sports has you twiddling your thumbs, we thought we’d look back at some of most thrilling moments from another famous week at Cheltenham.
Champ proved he’s no chump after he powered to victory in the RSA
With Barry Geraghty on board, Champ was still a huge nine lengths from front pair of Allaho and Minella Indo after clearing the last. But after mustering the spirit of Wichita Lineman in 2009 he collard the frontrunners to take the win at the line.
Envoi Allen takes the Ballymore
Some saw this as the banker of the week – but you still have to do the business. It looked as though the 4/7 favourite was going to be ousted by the duo of Easywork and The Big Getaway. But the unbeaten six-year-old turned on the afterburners and strode four and a half lengths clear going into the last hurdle before finishing the job off.
It was never in doubt was it? Envoi Allen may yet have many more special Cheltenham moments, but his second, after his 2019 victory in the Champion Bumper, was something special.
Lisnagar Oscar – 50/1 outsider wins the Stayers’
It was the supposed to be the Paisley Park party but 50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar spoiled things and simultaneously wrote himself into the history books.
The legendary Apple’s Jade led for the majority of the Stayers’ Hurdle but it proved fruitless as she was piled back into the pack. Whilst attention turned to Summerville Boy and the fading Paisley Park it allowed the lively Lisnagar Oscar ridden by Adam Wedge to seize the initiative and win it.
Burning Victory wins Triumph Hurdle; Goshen falls
The final day of the festival was all thrills and spills as Burning Victory took advantage of a final jump mistake from runaway leader Goshen to seal a sensational Triumph Hurdle win.
Goshen had been cruising to an easy 10l victory before a fumble at the last unseated jockey Jamie Moore. It left a straight shoot-out to the line that the 12/1 shot Burning Victory edged over Aspire Tower.
It’s a race that will be remembered for Goshen’s error but one that will live long in the memory for winning trainer Willie Mullins and owner Audrey Turley!
Al Boum Photo wins Gold Cup again!
No horse had won back to back Gold Cup’s since Best Mate in the early noughties. Step forward Al Boum Photo.
Santini and Lostintranslation were putting the squeeze on the 2019 winner right up until the last, but it only helped produce another gutsy Gold Cup victory with soon-to-be named Top Jockey Paul Townend on board.
And who’d back against an Al Boum Photo hat-trick next year? He’s 6/1 to complete the hat-trick.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication