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Thursday, March 19, 1998 Published at 16:39 GMT


Dawn rises to Gold Cup challenge
image: [ The favourite Dorans Pride was third for the second year running ]
The favourite Dorans Pride was third for the second year running

An outsider Cool Dawn galloped his rivals into the ground as he made almost all the running to capture the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of the three-day national hunt festival.

Peter Bromley commentates on the climax to the Gold Cup for Radio 5 Live
Andrew Thornton always had the 25/1 shot at the head of affairs and kept enough in reserve once briefly headed after the second-last fence to repel Strong Promise (14/1) by a length and three quarters.

The 9/4 favourite Dorans Pride was third with Senor El Betrutti (33/1) fourth.

But another leading fancy, See More Business, had no chance to figure in the race which had been his target all season.

The Pertemps King George VI Chase winner was forced off the course at the seventh fence, along with outsider Indian Tracker, when Cyborgo veered sharply right under Tony McCoy as he was pulled up.

Cool Dawn, trained by Robert Alner, had been running in hunter chases prior to this season and finished second to Elegant Lord in the Christies Foxhunter Chase under owner Dido Harding at Cheltenham two years ago.

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