dglobalnews.com Harrington strikes Gold with Sizing John
Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Harrington strikes Gold with Sizing John

Harrington strikes Gold with Sizing John

It's Gold Cup day and it seems Oddschecker punters are divided as to who will win the prestigious race.

Trainer Willie Mullins added: "I'm disappointed he only finished fourth, but he was a bit unlucky with that jump at the second-last, before which he had jumped perfectly".

Under Power's ideal stalking ride, Sizing John had both Djakadam and Native River in his sights at the second last.

At the other end of the career spectrum is his stablemate Native River. I was 25 when I won the National and took it for granted I would win everything after that. now I'm 35, reality has long since bitten on my complacency. He had the ideal prep when winning Newbury in February and 26% pf all stakes through the site have been on the proven stayer.

At this stage you're probably looking for something to have a small flutter on before the Gold Cup so why not L'Ami Serge (20/1) in the County Hurdle (2.10pm) who has 12 top three finishes in his 13 runs.

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. The horse is trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, and with four winners on Thursday, the money is piling in for the Irish raider who is backable at around 3/1.

With Sizing John she has completed the triple crown of Cheltenham's great championship races, and typically she instinctively handed the credit to Power.

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Harrington said: "I can't believe it, it was awesome how he jumped and travelled".

Given a beautifully-judged ride by Mullins's number two jockey Paul Townend, the 20/1 shot found the reserves to repel the sterling challenge of second top weight L'Ami Serge.

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

The worry about Cue Card is that he is 11, and no horse aged older than 10 has won the Gold Cup since 1969.

It looks very much like it could be third time lucky for the eight-year-old who looks to be the ideal age and candidate to win a Gold Cup which is obviously missing a few high-profile stars. Elliott fired in Champagne Classic (Ire) (Stowaway ) to win the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle--the race named after his mentor and the former champion jumps trainer.

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

"We upped him to two and a half and then up to three - I was fully confident he'd always stay".

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