Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 May 2016

Cheltenham Festival 2016: Classy Card right on Cue to strike Gold

By Richard Forristal

Published 18/03/2016

Ruby sparkles: Ruby Walsh, celebrating Ryanair Chase victory on Vautour at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday, goes for Gold Cup glory today on Djakadam
Ruby sparkles: Ruby Walsh, celebrating Ryanair Chase victory on Vautour at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday, goes for Gold Cup glory today on Djakadam

Don Cossack spearheads a strong Irish assault on the Timico Gold Cup as the Cheltenham Festival is poised to reach an enthralling climax but this is set to be Cue Card's day.

Gordon Elliott's Cossack shades the market lead for the sport's pinnacle event, a status copperfastened by Bryan Cooper's decision to partner him over Don Poli.

For all that the decent ground might have made that call inevitable, Cooper won't have found it easy to eschew Don Poli.

In a way, they are polar opposite contenders. Don Cossack's record in Prestbury Park's cauldron of intensity comprises a fall and an unsatisfactory third in the Ryanair Chase.

He also fell when challenging in the King George VI Chase but he is a horse that has the capacity to blow away high-class opposition.

That isn't Don Poli's style, yet he is a dual Festival winner. You can crab the specifics of his form all you like, but a penchant for doing enough is a fine attribute to have in your armoury.

It is also an undoubted plus to have Davy Russell up. Successful in the £575,000 Grade One in 2014 on Lord Windermere, he is one of the truly great big-race riders of our time.

Were he to triumph in the colours of his old Gigginstown Stud employers for Willie Mullins, it would be somewhat ironic.

Remember, three years ago a spontaneously punctured lung deprived him of the mount aboard Sir Des Champs for the same team.

Ulster great AP McCoy would eventually finish second on the spare, but there is an element of unfinished business about Russell delivering in this for Michael O'Leary.

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Owners cheer home Any Currency in The Glenfarclas Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Owners cheer home Any Currency in The Glenfarclas Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Partner of Lee Westwood, Helen Storey during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Barry Geraghty falls from Campeador at the last in The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race, before both getting up unhurt, at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Campeador ridden by Jockey Barry Geraghty falls in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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Any Currency ridden by Aidan Coleman jumps the last fence on the way to winning the Glenfarclas Chase during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Jockey Richard Johnson ends up in the hedge after falling during his ride on Balthazar King in the Glenfarclas Chase during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Balthazar King ridden by jockey Richard Johnson falls during the Glenfarclas Chase during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Balthazar King ridden by jockey Richard Johnson falls during the Glenfarclas Chase during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
The Princess Royal (right) and Zara Phillips (left) watch the Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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Nico de Boinville celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase with Sprinter Sacre during Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Gordon Elliott (R) celebrates at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: iphones at the ready as Sprinter Sacre returns after winning The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Sprinter Sacre sprint up the hill to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Roi Des Francs ridden by Ruby Walsh (L) and Le Mercurey ridden by Sam Twiston-Davie clear the water jump in the RSA Chase on Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Yorkhill (r) ridden by Ruby Walsh clears a flight on way to winning the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle on Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Of course, a similar theme applies to Mullins, who has saddled the Gold Cup runner-up on five occasions.

Last year it was Djakadam that hit the crossbar as a mere five-year-old, and he is Rich Ricci's chosen one again today.

With Ruby Walsh up, he should have a big say once again, while the artificial watering is of benefit to him.

Still, for all of the romance surrounding the similar path taken by him to the one that Dawn Run traversed 30 years ago, triumphing here on the back of a fall will take some doing.

Again, though, in Walsh he has an accomplice with a gift from the gods, and how the Festival's winning-most rider would love to plunder this for his greatest supporter.

Of the locals, Cue Card will bid for a £1m hat-trick bonus - the Betfair Chase and King George are already in the bag - under Galway native Paddy Brennan.

It will be an epic encounter.The heart craves an Irish victory but the head says Cue Card.

Once the noise has abated following the Gold Cup, the focus will be on Victoria Pendleton on Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunters.

This time last year she had not even sat on a horse but has embraced her 'switching saddles' campaign - McCoy has been on hand as a mentor - in the manner befitting a dual Olympic cycling champion.

Pendleton said: "I'm excited more than anything."

There is strong Ulster interest, with the fancied Marito - trained in Crossgar by Colin McBratney and ridden by Newry's Noel McParlan - going for glory.

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