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The Cheltenham Golf Cup race

Sizing John took the Gold Cup for trainer Jessica Harrington, coming home a clear-cut victor of jumping's blue ribbon prize.

The first female jockey in 33 years to race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup has told ITV News "she's not troubled" by being the only girl.

A tearful Hobbs advised caution that he would target the Champion Hurdles next year - wisely perhaps as only three Triumph winners have gone on to win the race.

Djakadam, bidding to give Willie Mullins his seventh Festival victor, set sail for the judge in front but had nothing left to give in the closing stages and finished fourth.

"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. "I don't know when I'll come down to earth".

"It is the jewel in the crown", she said.

However, from a betting perspective, Sizing John is more interesting at a bigger price. "He jumped like a buck and it's his jumping that got him there the whole way", she said.

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While my head says Djakadam, my heart goes for Cue Card.

Power, who has only recently fought his way back from a serious injury to his eye socket, joined an elite band of jockeys to have won both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"I do feel very sorry for Henry with this horse and Supasundae [Wednesday's Coral Cup winner]". He won the Welsh Grand National putting in a gutsy performance and has the guts and stamina to get round the track, and has a cracking jockey in Richard Johnson on board.

After two wins, we had to settle for a second yesterday but we're confident of finishing with a flourish and while the odds aren't going to make you a millionaire, Defi Du Seuil at 2/1 is the bet. But I had a lot of confidence in this horse. I caught the train a couple of weeks ago with him from Waterloo to Andover and I laughed the entire way.

Sizing John has taken the Cheltenham Gold Cup, coming through the field to take one of jump racing's most prestigious events.

Harrington started out as an global eventer and rode in two Olympics before she switched to racing in 1989 and since then she has saddled a long line of top hurdlers and two-mile chasers.

Harrington, who took out her training licence in 1987, was the beneficiary when Sizing John was removed from Henry de Bromhead's yard past year.

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