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Cheltenham Festival 2015: Results, Winners, Reaction and More from Gold Cup Day

Lee Walker@@Lee_BleacherRUK Managing EditorMarch 13, 2015

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A large crowd during Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham racecourse on March 13, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Coneygree landed the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the blue-riband event of the 2015 National Hunt Festival.

What a shot of the Gold Cup winner #Coneygree pic.twitter.com/ap11nZFaOx

— BetBright.com (@BetBright) March 13, 2015

The 7-1 shot, under Nico de Boinville, became the first novice to win the race since 1974.

#CheltenhamGoldCup result: 1. Coneygree (7/1) 2. Djakadam (10/1) 3. Road To Riches (8/1) 4. Holywell (8/1) FAV if you're collecting!

— Cheltenham Festival (@cheltenham) March 13, 2015

Mark Bradstock’s charge relished the soft conditions and stayed on to hold off Djakadam by a length-and-a-half with Road To Riches a further half-length back.

.@SimonHolt3: "The rain fell in the Bradstocks favour and the horse delivered - and in fantastic style." #Coneygree #CheltenhamGoldCup

— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) March 13, 2015

It was the 25-year-old jockey’s first ride in the race.

Rider Nico de Boinville: "I'm lost for words. Unbelievable. These horses only come once in a lifetime." #Coneygree pic.twitter.com/igN27ZobZC

— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) March 13, 2015

The small stable in Oxfordshire now sees its star turn added to the fabled list of race winners.

Which name will be added to this very illustrious roll of honour in half an hour's time? #CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/O3yGoj1jAb

— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) March 13, 2015

The opening Grade 1 race on the fourth and final day at Prestbury Park saw 2-1 favourite Peace And Co win the Triumph Hurdle.

Triumph Hurdle Result 1st Peace and Co 2/1 2nd Top Notch 7/1 3rd Hargam 8/1 #CheltMental

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 13, 2015

Nicky Henderson’s 2-1 chance, under Barry Geraghty, held off Top Notch by a neck at the end of the two-mile trip.

Barry Geraghty: "The ground is hard work and probably killed Peace And Co's pace but I could afford to sit and wait" pic.twitter.com/72VifHAeZU

— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) March 13, 2015

It was a one-two-three for Henderson, who is the Cheltenham Festival's most successful trainer with 53 winners.

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Henderson's three juvenile musketeers: PEACE AND CO (left) beats second TOP NOTCH (centre) and third HARGAM (right) pic.twitter.com/xWFbXqeKil

— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) March 13, 2015

The other Grade 1 renewal on Friday was the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, with Martello Tower proving victorious.

Martello Tower (R) and jockey Adrian Heskin win the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle #CheltenhamFestival #GoldCupDay pic.twitter.com/5nfZvf68YM

— PA Sport Pic Desk (@PA_Sport_Pics) March 13, 2015

The 14-1 shot won a test of stamina, staying on to win the three-mile affair by half a length from outsider Milsean.

Albert Bartlett Novices' result: 1 Martello Tower (14/1) 2 Milsean (33/1) 3 No More Heroes (6/1) FAV if you're collecting from the bookies!

— Cheltenham Festival (@cheltenham) March 13, 2015

It was a first Festival win in five years for jockey Adrian Heskin.

Heskin said of Martello Tower (right): "He's a real tough horse, all he does is find off the bridle." pic.twitter.com/nJozHTkKMK

— PA Stables (@PA_Stables) March 13, 2015
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