Sizing John wins Gold Cup as Ruby and Mullins fall short

Posted March 17, 2017

Onto day four of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival - and it's Gold Cup day.

Cue Card and Native River follow in the market and Colin Tizzard's flyers are attracting plenty of attention.

Victor of the Grade 1 Betfair Chase on his second run this season, Colin Tizzard's horse didn't sparkle in the King George on St Stephen's Day when he was well beaten by Thistlecrack, but he bounced back from that to put up a big performance in winning the Ascot Chase by 15 lengths last month.

Opinion seems to be split 50-50 as to whether Cue Card was about to win last year's race when falling three out - his early jumping had been sketchy too.

Grand Old campaigner has done the spade work over the years and deserves this.

Minella Rocco, a victor over four miles at the 2016 Festival, stayed on strongly to grab second place at 18/1 with Native River edged back into third.

Native River (7-2) was a short-head away in third and Djakadam - twice the runner-up - was fourth.

There are seven across the day, with all eyes on the 3.30 Cheltenham Gold Cup - the main event.

Walsh said: "What a day, the horses ran well the first two days, they just weren't winning". Then last time, he stepped up on that when he stepped up to three miles to win the Irish Gold Cup under Robbie Power.

SIZING JOHN is a horse who has made even greater improvement since switching stables from Henry de Bromhead to Jessie Harrington this term.

Willie Mullins-trained DJAKADAM is an obvious candidate as he bids to better his second place finishes in the last two runnings.