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  • 15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 110y

  • (Grade 1) £574,760 added 5yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £327,326 2nd £122,826 3rd £61,499 4th £30,635
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 44.50s
  • Off time: 15:35:40
  • Stewards Inquiry - Result Stands

Cheltenham Festival: Lord Windermere wins Gold Cup after stewards' inquiry

Last Updated: 14/03/14 8:52pm

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Lord Windermere (R) battles past On His Own to win the Gold Cup

Lord Windermere (R) battles past On His Own to win the Gold Cup

Lord Windermere came out on top in a thrilling finish to the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The 20/1 shot, trained by Jim Culloty, came from miles off the pace to beat On His Own and an unlucky The Giant Bolster, who was badly hampered at the second last.

Davy Russell held the winner, who took last season's RSA Chase, up in last place as Knockara Beau set the early pace and he was still 10 lengths off the pace when Silviniaco Conti cruised into the lead after the third last.

For a while it appeared Paul Nicholls' runner and favourite Bobs Worth would fight out the finish with On His ODwn (16/1) appearing to drop away and the other placed horses under strong pressure.

There was almost carnage two out when On His Own jumped right, hampering The Giant Bolster, and giving Lord Windermere the chance to come up on his inside.

But they were still fourth, fifth and sixth coming to the last as Silviniaco Conti led Bobs Worth over, only for both of them to falter soon after and come home in fourth and fifth.

Out wider, Russell had Lord Windermere in full flight and, despite drifting a little into a rallying On His Own, the partnership had enough in hand to win by a short-head with The Giant Bolster (14/1) less than a length away.

A stewards' inquiry was held into the interference on the run-in but, after a brief wait, Lord Windermere was confirmed as the winner, a third of the week for owner Dr Ronan Lambe.

Sit and suffer

Russell said: "I can't believe it, I was never on the bridle. I was never in the race, the whole field was in front of me for the whole race, I had to sit and suffer the whole way.

"I didn't use any petrol, I went around the inside and he jumped great.

"The whole way round I was hunting, I thought the race had gone - the credit has to go to Jim Culloty, what a man.

"I was on the best horse in the race. He was very idle, like he was last year.

"Silviniaco Conti veered over and startled him a little bit. I wanted to do the right thing for the horse. I couldn't ride a winner for Jim all year, but he kept saying to me wait for Cheltenham."

Culloty said: "To be fair halfway round Davy Russell was getting the sack!

"He was beaten 26 lengths at Leopardsstown last month, but Davy said take no notice, it will be a different ball game at Cheltenham.

"I knew he'd take his time but that was waiting tactics exaggerated. I can't believe it. The horses just weren't right this season, but God they have come right at the right time."

There was something of a sad postscript to the race with owner Michael O'Leary confirming Last Instalment suffered a recurrence of a leg injury when he unseated rider Brian O'Connell - he has been retired.

And there was a sting in the tail for Russell, as well, as he was banned for one day for careless riding, one of a number of jockeys to be penalised.

Casey was hit with seven days for using his whip above the permitted level, and will sit out March 28, 29, 30 and 31 and April 1, 2 and 3. He was also fined £1,300.

Noel Fehily on Silviniaco Conti was also found to have used his whip above the permitted level and was banned on March 28 and 29.

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