Cheltenham review: 5 superstars who lit up the Festival

Several horses really made a name for themselves.

EASYSLAND Ridden by Jonathan Plouganou wins the Glenfarclas Cross Country at Cheltenham 11/3/20 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723


There were plenty of impressive winners of the week and although Goshen didn’t win he showed everyone he is a potential star in the Triumph Hurdle on Friday. He was powering clear of his rivals before unseating Jamie Moore at the final flight when in total command, but he is a horse who could reach the top over hurdles.

Shishkin overcame a troubled passage to stamp his class on the opening race of the week. He was friendless in the betting leading up to the race, having been antepost favourite but he outbattled Abacadabras up the hill.

Envoi Allen retained his unbeaten record with a strong staying performance to land the Ballymore for trainer Gordon Elliott, who was just pipped by Willie Mullins in the trainer’s title for the week – but he won’t mind too much as he has a potential Gold Cup horse on his hands with Envoi Allen.

It was disappointing to see Tiger Roll getting beaten but in the end he could only finish 17 lengths behind Easysland, who at only 6 years old has the world at his feet when it comes to cross country races. He drew clear of a dual Grand National hero in some style.

Al Boum Photo was the first horse since Best Mate to successfully defend his crown and win back to back Gold Cups and one feels Willie Mullins will take the same approach to next season by running him at Tramore before trying to win his third Gold Cup.

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