Bobs Worth Wins 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup
Bobs Worth scored his third straight Cheltenham Festival victory and brought up a half century of wins for trainer Nicky Henderson by winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.
Bobs Worth appeared to be struggling to keep up with the leading group of Long Run, Sir Des Champs and Silviniaco Conti but the complexion of the race changed when Silviniaco Conti fell at the third last.
Long Run and Sir Des Champs looked like they would fight out the finish but Bobs Worth grinded away at the margin and took the lead heading into the final jump.
Sir Des Champs and Long Run both battled on bravely but Bobs Worth had just enough in the tank to claim an epic victory.
The winner was Henderson’s fourth victory at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival and his fiftieth overall at the famous festival, with the leading trainer delighted with the efforts of both Bobs Worth and Long Run.
“They were great – both horses were fantastic,” Henderson said.
Henderson said his controversial decision to only run Bobs Worth once in the lead-up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup paid off handsomely.
“Everyone has done one hell of a job as we’ve purposely not run them,” Henderson said.
“Bobs Worth has not run since the Hennessy and Long Run since the King George and it’s all down to what they’ve done at home and what the team have done, so credit to them all.”
Jockey Barry Geraghty admitted that Bobs Worth didn’t enjoy the softness of the track but proved his class with the stellar victory.
“The ground was turning softer than ideal for my fella, I had to nurse him through it,” Geraghty said.
“I had to nurse him from the fourth or fifth-last fence.
“He’s game as a lion and he loves the job.”
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