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Watch all the action from the Cheltenham Festival Friday

Watch all the action from the Cheltenham Festival Friday

Amateur rider Gina Andrews became the second woman to ride a victor at this year's Festival when she drove 40-1 rank outsider Domesday Book home to give Stuart Edmunds a victory for one of training's smaller operators.

As for the Gold Cup itself, it appears to come down to three main runners, Djakadam, Cue Card and Native River, who all head the markets this morning.

It was a first success for trainer Jessica Harrington- who described is as beginner's luck- and for jockey Robbie Power.

Harrington got off the mark at the meeting this week with Supasundae in the Coral Cup.

"I think Alan is speechless and this is especially great for Ann as she is not very well and it will give her a real boost", she said.

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This year he has been trained for one day and one day only and the run-up has gone perfectly, as Mullins told me on air.

Cue Card and Paddy Brennan came to grief at the third last fence - the same as a year ago. It is impossible to know how he would have fared had he stood up, there is a school of thought that says that he wouldn't have beaten Don Cossack anyway, but he was travelling well and we will never know for certain.

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"I have never had a runner in the race so to train the victor, I don't know when I am going to come back to earth", said the County Kildare-based trainer, wearing a cast on her left arm after a skiing accident.

She paid tribute to Henry de Bromhead, who trained Sizing John before owners Alan and Ann Potts made a decision to move their entire stock - including Fellow Festival victor Supasundae - elsewhere a year ago.

Sizing John had been a runner-up seven times over two miles to Douvan, and Power suggested running the horse over further.

The Philip Hobbs-trained gelding has won five of five including three around Cheltenham and looks like he might well be the best bet of the week. He may go to Aintree for the Bowl as he ran well there a year ago, depending on how he comes out of his race. "The fact Douvan is there forced us to step up", she said.

From the beginning on Tuesday - with Elliott's Laiback - to the end on Friday, the Irish were in the ascendancy.

"The Gold Cup is the race I've listened to at first - being of that pre-TV racing generation - and then watching it since I was so high".

A couple of hours later, Harrington and Power put a cherry on top of the most successful Cheltenham Festival Ireland has ever enjoyed by winning the concluding Grand Annual with Rock The World.

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