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Cheltenham Festival: Round-up of Gold Cup Day

Big McIntosh ridden by Matthew Batchelor leads the field during the JCB Triumph Hurdle during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. Photo: David Davies / PA

The Cheltenham Festival has drawn to a close with a dramatic and thrilling final day of racing. It was much colder for racegoers at Prestbury Park, but there's been plenty to keep racegoers warm.

There were seven races today, but for most there was only two that mattered.

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This is the moment a Dorset dairy farmers dreams of the record books and a £1 million bonus came crashing to earth. Cue Card trained by Colin Tizzard had timed his move to the front right, but his jump wrong.

The favourite Don Cossack went on to claim this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup, securing another win for the Irish.

A freshly made plaque on the stable door of Gold Cup winner Don Cossack during Gold Cup Day. Credit: Joe Giddens / PA
70,242
crowd figure for Gold Cup Day 2016
260,579
total crowd attendance over the four days of the Festival

But in the very next race, former cyclist Victoria Pendleton made a successful Festival debut, riding a horse trained in Somerset.

She finished fifth in the in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase.

Pacha Du Polder ridden by Victoria Pendleton before the St. James's Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup. Credit: Mike Egerton / PA

From two wheels, to four legs - Victoria Pendleton's move from Olympic Gold cycling to amateur racing has been swift and eventful.

She's put so much hard work into this. She has this big race mentality, she knows what it's like. She's been unbelievable at dealing with the attention, the pressure. It's a huge, huge challenge to her.

– Clare Balding, Horse Racing Expert

She's ridden more than 60 different horses in 15 steeple chases. ITV West Country spoke to her after successful race:

Relive the Cheltenham excitement with this highlights reel from this week's Festival.

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