The 11/4 favourite Bobs Worth has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in a thrilling renewal at a soggy Prestbury Park.
"...Geraghty never looked unduly fazed and, upon presenting Bobs Worth to lead between the last two fences, the result never looked in serious doubt."
Ridden by Barry Geraghty for Nicky Henderson, Bobs Worth was initially held off the early pace, which was set by 2011 winner Long Run with last year's Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster in close attendance.
Long Run, who seemed to benefit from the widely talked-about fitting of cheekpieces, jumped and travelled better than usual in front, but was joined by Sir des Champs (ridden by late replacement AP McCoy) early on the final circuit, with Silviniaco Conti and The Giant Bolster stalking and Bobs Worth not seeming to go as fluently as some others.
As they raced down the hill, the quintet of Long Run, Sir des Champs, Silviniaco Conti The Giant Bolster and Bobs Worth started to pull away. Silviniaco Conti departed three out when landing too steeply, hindering Bobs Worth in the process and leaving him a handful of lengths off the pace as Sir des Champs and Long Run went hell-for-leather turning in.
However, Geraghty never looked unduly fazed and, upon presenting Bobs Worth to lead between the last two fences, the result never looked in serious doubt. He ran out a seven-length winner from a tired Sir des Champs, with Long Run another two and three-quarter lengths behind. The Giant Bolster was fourth.
Afterwards, Geraghty's was quick to give his thoughts to JT McNamara, the amateur jockey seriously injured on yesterday's Cheltenham card.
Bobs Worth returned at a BSP of 3.76, and can be backed at 6.25/1 for the 2014 renewal.