Lord Windermere Edges Out On His Own In A Dramatic Gold Cup


Tagged under: 3.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f

Before the start of the 2014 renewal of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup the race was expected to be fought out by the two principles, namely the reigning champion and 6-4 favourite Bobs Worth and King George V1 Chase winner Silviniaco Conti, and that appeared to be the case as Noel Fehily led over the final fence on the Paul Nicholls-trained horse followed by Bobs Worth and Barry Geraghty in second.

Just when the proven stamina of last year's winner was expected to kick in the complection of the race changed dramatically with Bobs Worth hanging badly towards the rails and Silviniaco Conti unable to find any extra up the hill the action took place in the centre of the course where early leader On His Own rallied as Lord Windermere and The Giant Bolster challenged on either side.

With David Bridgewter's perennial Gold Cup standing dish failing to find any more close home it was left to the other pair to flash past the post in unison with last year's RSA winner shading it by a short head. Shortly afterwards the drama continued unabated as a stewards enquiry was announced into possible interference betweet the first two and the possibility of Lord Windermere joining Tied Cottage as only the second horse to be disqualified in the history of the great race.

After what seemed like an eternity to connections of the winner Davy Russell's mount was allowed to keep the race but spare a thought for Ruby Walsh who should have partnered the runner-up but for breaking an arm when falling in the opening Triumph Hurdle. Just what impact that had on the outcome of the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup we can only speculate!

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