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Cheltenham Festival live: Gold Cup day

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

Cheltenham Festival live: Gold Cup day

Dynaste, ridden by Tom Scudamore, won the Ryanair Chase for Martin Pipe

5pm: We bring to a close our live blog with this piece from Tristan Cork taking in all the drama of the big day.

4.02pm: And after strangely engrossing TV from the stewards' room, Lord Windermere is confirmed as having won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

3.50pm: A stewards enquiry into Gold Cup. Provisional result 1 Lord Windemere 2 On His Own 3 Giant Bolster 4 Silviniaco Conti. Looks like Lord Windermere may have interfered when he swerved into On His Own.

3.30pm: Watch this space. Very Wood, Michael O'Leary's horse, trained by Noel Meade has a bright future, after winning the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle. Paul Carberry, riding for the Irish trainer, sang his praises.

3.18pm: By way of an update on Ruby Walsh's fall, you'll be glad to hear that Abbyssial is fine.

3.15pm: After a dismal showing in the Triumph Hurdle,

Daryl Jacobs wins the County Handicap on Paul Nicholls' Lac Fontana.

But then, he was stretchered out of the yard, visibly in pain, after a freak accident.

2.15pm: The JCB Triumph Hurdle was full of drama - producing a win for Gordon Elliott's Tiger Roll but ending Ruby Walsh's festival after he fell and broke his arm.

12.30pm: It's Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival, with the big race at 3.20pm. But before that, Tristan Cork and our other writers at the course will bring you up to date on events on the grass and off.

The fog, racegoers will be glad to hear, is clearing, with lush green grass ready for more pounding hooves under glorious sunshine.

And trainers from the West Country will be hoping for another great day, after Martin Pipe, Jonjo O'Neill and Philip Hobbs all claimed winners yesterday.

But events have been overshadowed by the sad deaths of three horses, with jockey Ruby Walsh also forced to clarify comments made about 'replaceable' horses.

There are galleries from the festival so far at westerndailypress.co.uk/pictures. We'll be uploading more throughout today.

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