Al Boum Photo WINS thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup to record back-to-back victories

Al Boum Photo has written himself into the history books after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the second consecutive year. It was a packed field heading into the final two hurdles with jockey Paul Townend well positioned.

Lostintranslation, Monalee and Santini were also primed to make a dash for the line but it was Al Boum Photo who pipped the latter to the finish.

Al Boum Photo was the over-riding favourite to win the Gold Cup for the second consecutive year.

He now becomes the first horse since Best Mate in 2004 to defend the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Trainer Willie Mullins had three horses riding in the race with Kemboy and Real Steel

Townend in doing so joins some prestigious company by defending his trophy from 2019.

And the champion jacket was lost for words after his impressive victory.

“Amazing,” he told ITV after the race.

“I thought I’d never have the feeling like I had last year but I think this was even better. Unreal.”

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And Irish trainer Mullins paid tribute to Townend for his expert ride.

“Fantastic. An absolutely unbelievable day,” Mullins said.

“Some said he was under pressure but Paul does his own thing.

“He probably rides better under a bit of pressure. Delighted for Paul.

“It is very hard to take over from someone like Ruby Walsh but Paul has stamped his authority.

“He is a rider riding with huge confidence.”

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