Timico invests in new Gold Cup for amateur point-to-point riders

Timico invests in new Gold Cup for amateur point-to-point riders

Timico invests in new Gold Cup for amateur point-to-point riders

Sizing John gave Irish trainer Jessica Harrington her first victory in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup with her first runner when coming home a clear-cut victor of jumping's blue riband prize.

The daughter of Brig Bryan Fowler, an officer in the British army, her influence in the world of horses has lasted longer than that, and she was a good enough three-day-eventer to ride at two Olympics. I never seemed to have any stayers in the past.

"It's 10 years ago I won the National, I'm 35 now and appreciate it a bit more".

Every jockey dreams of winning the Gold Cup but at this stage of your life you don't think it's going to happen.

If he can sort out his jumping then Cue Card should go close.

Timico, the managed cloud service provider based in Newark, is preparing for its second year as sponsor of National Hunt's prestigious Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup and as a new national sponsor of Point-to-Point amateur horse racing.

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After yesterday's return to form, it's no real surprise that the Ruby Walsh/Willie Mullins combination has been backed into favouritism overnight, with Djakadam now a general 3/1 shot.

It's hard to find a challenger but both Wholestone (5/1) and Monalee (8/1) will have their backers while there are many who think the aforementioned Augusta Kate could have won had she stayed on her feet in Kildare. However it was Sizing John who ultimately came with the telling push between the final two fences to win by two and three quarter lengths, in doing so completing a big-race double having won the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown back in February.

The stand-out piece of form for Mick Jazz has to be his run behind Labaik at Navan when he was 12/1 but looked all over the victor before his grey stable companion came and done him close to home.

"I celebrated hard after the finish because I've been through a lot this season with eye trouble, broken cheekbone and back problems".

To win a Gold Cup, a horse needs to possess the speed to be comfortable in a race in which there is a searching gallop and the stamina to last up the Cheltenham hill. "He will definitely run again this season, but first let's get him home and see how he is".

Neither the word luck, nor the word novice, exactly apply to a woman who has become a master of her profession, with the impressive Sizing John completing her set of the festival's most important races.

"I always said when this horse stepped up in trip he'd win".

Grade One victor as a novice at Kempton last season, when Native River was third.

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