Jockey Rachael Blackmore pays tribute to Jack de Bromhead after Cheltenham victory

The Cheltenham Festival concludes on Friday after what has been a thrilling week of racing but it’s now time for the Gold Cup.

It was all about Rachael Blackmore 12 months ago on A Plus Tard and the Irishwoman has given an update on the horse ahead of its bid to defend the title.

There’s time for one more packed race card including seven exciting races to showcase the finest in the sport in the Cotswolds, including the highly-anticipated Gold Cup.

The Irish trainers continue to shine and will hope to triumph once again after landing the Prestbury Cup 12 months ago with a mighty 18 wins compared to just 10 for British-trained horses.

Follow all of our final-day coverage from the 2023 Cheltenham Festival below:


Faivoir trainer Dan Skelton on his sister-in-law winning the County Hurdle:

“That was brilliant from Bridge. It was a great bit of riding. She doesn’t get as many rides on the big stage because Harry takes precedence but she is more than capable.

“I thought Faivoir would win a big handicap this year.”

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:31


Faivoir wins the County Hurdle

Just take a look at how close this win for Faivoir and Bridget Andrews was. What a victory!

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:28


Bridget Andrews reacts after win with Faivoir

“Coming here for a ride is just a dream come true. To get a second win at Cheltenham is a dream come true, for the best team I could ever work for.

“As a number two jockey, there’s aren’t many big days. I’m married to Harry [Skelton] but sometimes you want success for yourself.”

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:25


Bridget Andrews wins with Faivoir

Jockey Bridget Andrews rode a fantastic race and earns a win for Dan Skelton. It is the second time she has won this race and superbly held off Davy Russell and Pied Piper.

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:22


Faivoir wins the County Hurdle

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:20



A late move from Faivoir sees him push towards the front as they head over the last. Pied Piper is right up there with him and both horses sprint neck and neck towards the line.

There’s nothing to separate them but Faivoir manages to get his nose in front!

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:17


2.10 – County Hurdle

Into the last two jumps and the leading duo continue to go clear but the chasing pack are closing the gap. Highway One O Two is now out in front on his own but Ballyadam is making a charge.

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:14


2.10 – County Hurdle

Prairie Dancer stays in front over the first three hurdles and leads by a length ahead of Highway One O Two.

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:13


2.10 – County Hurdle

And they’re off! Two miles and eight hurdles to go in the County Hurdle. Prairie Dancer and Highway One O Two take the early lead.

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:11


2.10 – County Hurdle

The horses make their way out onto the course. Pembroke has been backed into a favourites tag ahead of Filey Bay and Hunters Yarn.

Will that translate to a win for Dan and Harry Skelton?

Michael Jones17 March 2023 14:09

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