Cheltenham Festival 2017: Sizing John wins Gold Cup
- Updated: March 17, 2017
Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington, powered home to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Victory completed a big-race double for the 7-1 chance, who won the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February.
He finished two and three quarter lengths ahead of Minella Rocco (18-1) in the Cheltenham showpiece, with Native River (7-2) in third.
Lizzie Kelly, the first woman for 33 years to ride in the race, was unseated from Tea for Two at the second fence.
Sizing John was a first Cheltenham Gold Cup entry for Harrington, who guided Moscow Flyer to Queen Mother Champion Chase success in 2003 and 2005
“It’s amazing – he has gone from running from two miles at Christmas to three miles here,” Harrington told BBC Radio 5 live.
“He jumped like a buck and it was his jumping that got him there.
“I never seemed to have any stayers before for this race – I can’t believe it.”
More to follow.