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Cheltenham festival: Don Cossack wins Gold Cup and Victoria Pendleton comes fifth in Foxhunter Chase

Favourite Don Cossack has won Friday's Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Ridden by Bryan Cooper the horse came in ahead off the Willie Mullins trained Djakadam with Ruby Walsh at the reins.

Victorious trainer Gordon Elliott was in tears speaking after the race. He said: "I have never been so nervous in my life. I'm just so happy for all of us."

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, who owns the winning horse, said: "I have died and gone to heaven. He jumped like a stag. It was a magnificent race."

Meanwhile, in her much anticipated race, former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton riding Pacha Du Polder came fifth in the Foxhunter Chase.

The race was won by On the Fringe, ridden by Irish jockey Nina Carberry for the second year in a row.

Pendleton said: "I'm overwhelmed. To be accepted as part of this crowd has been something really special. I think it is probably one of the greatest achievements of my life."

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