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Sizing John wins Gold Cup

Sizing John has enjoyed his moment in the spotlight, giving trainer Jessica Harrington her first victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with her first runner.

Sizing John wins Gold Cup

Sizing John has enjoyed his moment in the spotlight, giving trainer Jessica Harrington her first victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with her first runner.

Sizing John has given trainer Jessica Harrington her first victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with her first runner, coming home a clear-cut winner of jumping's blue riband.

So often in the shadow of the mighty Douvan over two miles (3200m), the seven-year-old completed the English-Irish Gold Cup double in style to dispel any stamina doubts.


Given a patient ride by Robbie Power, Sizing John kept on strongly up the hill to score by 2-3/4 lengths from Minella Rocco.

"I can't believe it. It was amazing how he jumped and travelled," Harrington said.

"I've never had a runner in the race before so to train the winner - I don't know when I'll come down to earth.

"You can tell Robert did showjumping in his youth because I don't think he missed a beat the whole way.

"I was thinking it was all going a bit too easy. I was glad that on the first circuit he put a few short ones in and he wasn't winging fences.

"When he pulled him out on the second circuit, he began jumping well. Just at the top of the hill I saw Robert give him a squeeze and he flew.

"He's only seven so I've got to keep him right and mind him. I've no idea what he'll do next, all I was thinking about was this race."


AAP



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