Bobs Worth wins Gold Cup

Bobs Worth, the 11-4 favourite ridden by Barry Geraghty, has won horse racing's famous Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Kate and William cheer on the horses at Cheltenham

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge have enjoyed a day at one of the horse racing world's most prestigious races. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
The Royals appeared captivated by events on the Cheltenham Festival's fourth day, which was headlined by the Gold Cup. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Kate and William were seen beaming at trackside. Perhaps, they thought the Gold Cup favourite was worth a bob or two? Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire


Bobs Worth favourite to win Gold Cup

Trainer Nicky Henderson with Bobs Worth (left) and Long Run (right). Credit: PA Wire

Bobs Worth is favourite to win the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup - followed by Sir Des Champs and Silviniaco Conti.

The Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old, to be ridden by Barry Geraghty, has not been seen since December when he emerged an outstanding winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

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Henderson is also represented by the 2011 Gold Cup winner Long Run, who claimed the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Paul Nicholls will have high hopes for Silviniaco Conti, who is unbeaten in three starts this season and was particularly impressive in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November.

Jockey ruled out of Gold Cup with punctured lung

Davy Russell rides Lord Windermere during the Cheltenham Festival. Credit: PA Wire

Davy Russell will miss the ride aboard Sir Des Champs in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup after suffering a punctured lung.

The rider took a crashing fall from Un Beau Matin at the final flight in Wednesday's Coral Cup but was fit enough to take up his first two mounts on Thursday's card.

However, after finishing unplaced on both Argocat in the Jewson Novices' Chase and Stonemaster in the Pertemps Final, Russell was ruled out for the rest of the meeting.

The jockey has ridden Sir Des Champs on his last six outings, including his Irish Hennessy win.


Giant Paddy Power pants fly high over Cheltenham

A test flight for Paddy Power's first light aircraft - a 63ft high balloon in the form of a giant pair of flying green Y-fronts - has been successful.

The aircraft is modelled on the bookmaker's legendary 'lucky pants'. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Paddy Power spokesman said: "Our flying y-fronts provide an unrivalled view of the action for punters, as well as hopefully giving anyone in the grandstand a sight to remember and a bit of Irish luck“.

Further special appearances and flights are planned at major sporting events throughout the year.

The pants comes back down to earth at the Cheltenham Festival Credit: David Parry/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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