Ahoy Senor suffers Gold Cup fall and hampers A Plus Tard at Cheltenham

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Cheltenham Festival horse Ahoy Senor suffered a heavy fall during the Gold Cup on Friday in an incident which also wrecked A Plus Tard’s chances of success. The showpiece event was won by Willie Mullins’ prize horse Galopin Des Champs but it could have been an entirely different result after Ahoy Senor’s serious fall over the fence midway through the three-mile, two-and-a-half-furlong race.

The eight-year-old Gelding had been leading near the front when disaster struck midway through the race. As he leapt over the fence, his legs buckled from underneath and sent his jockey Lucinda Russell flying off the saddle onto the ground.

The incident left A Plus Tard, the second-favourite with bookmakers backed to take on Galopin Des Champs, was hampered by the fall with Rachael Blackmore on board and was later pulled up after struggling to regain momentum.

Sounds Russian and Hewick were the other horses not to finish the race. Cheltenham officials later confirmed that all horses and the jockeys that pulled up were fine, according to ITV Sport.


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