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Published: 15:39 | 18/3/16

Don Cossack wins the Gold Cup


Bryan Cooper led favourite Don Cossack to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, ahead of Ruby Walsh's Djakadam.

Cooper had to choose between the two Dons, Don Cossack and Don Poli and was encouraged by trainer Gordon Elliot to ride the nine-year-old gelding in the National Hunt's showpiece race.

But there were tears for Paddy Brennan, who came off the well-placed Cue Card three from home, and subsequently missed out on a £132,746 bonus.

Cue Card's owners would have won a £1m bonus, following on from the thoroughbred's victories in the Betfair Chase and the King George.

Cue Card clipped Djakadam.and Don Cossack on the third-last, and Cooper took advantage of the confusion and Brennan's fall to take over the lead and managed to hold off Walsh and Djakadam in the run-in.

"I can't talk, fair play to the team. Unbelievable, they stuck by him and had him right. He never missed a beat. I've worked so hard to be in this position now," winning jockey Cooper told Channel 4 Racing.

Djakadam trainer Willie Mullins, who now has six second places in the Gold Cup and no winner, admits that today's defeat is hard to take.

"What do we have to do? Hopefully we'll be back again next year. I will never complain about second, although hopefully one year we'll break our duck," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Trainer Colin Tizzard says Cue Card and jockey Paddy Brennan are both fine after what seemed a worrying fall three from home.

"I just thank God that he got up," said Tizzard. "Two seconds before that you thought 'here we go' and he was slightly in front, then just put down - he hit it and went over.

"But he came back walking around without a care in the world, he is fine. It's hard to take but there's worse things that can happen. I just thank God he's OK.

"In four years that's the first time he has fallen and he has not looked like doing so before. Paddy does not want to talk to anyone at the moment."

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