Don Cossack wins Gold Cup after Cue Card falls
CHELTENHAM, England (AP) Don Cossack won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a 9-4 favorite on Friday, after Cue Card fell at the third-to-last fence in his bid for the Triple Crown of British jump racing and winnings of nearly $2 million.
Cue Card misjudged his jump and tumbled to the ground, having just surged into the lead in Britain's most prestigious jumps race.
That left Don Cossack and Djakadam to fight for victory, and Don Cossack had the stronger finish up the hill to win by about five lengths. Winning jockey Bryan Cooper justified his decision to ride Don Cossack over Don Poli, who placed third.
Cue Card won the Betfair Chase and King George VI Chase this season and would have won a million-pound bonus, along with the winner's prize of 327,000 pounds.