Al Boum Photo won the prestigious Gold Cup for a second straight year on the final day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival on Friday. The 10-3 favourite beat the competition off Santini, winning by a neck to become the first horse to defend the title since Best Mate in 2004.
Trainer Willie Mullins, who enjoyed four wins from five races on Friday, said afterwards: “It’s a fantastic, absolutely unbelievable day. That man there on the screen, Paul Townend, people said he was under pressure.
“Paul does his own thing. He probably rides better under a little bit of pressure. [It was] really, really good from him.
“[I’m] delighted for Paul. It’s not easy to take over from someone like Ruby Walsh, but Paul’s gone and stamped his authority this season in Ireland riding for our yard.”
His other wins included Burning Victory and Monkfish, both also ridden by Paul Townend, while the Barry Geraghty-ridden Saint Roi also came home first.
You can catch up on all of the race results from Gold Cup day below.
1.30pm – JCB Triumph Hurdle
1. Burning Victory
2. Aspire Tower
2.10pm – Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
1. Saint Roi
2.50pm – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
2. Latest Exhibition
3. Fury Road
3.30pm – Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
1. Al Boum Photo
4.10pm – Foxhunter Chase
1. It Came To Pass
3. Shantou Flyer
4.50pm – Grand Annual Chase
1. Chosen Mate
2. Eclair De Beaufeu
3. Us And Them
5.30pm – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
3. Great White Shark