Cheltenham Festival 15th - 18th March 2005

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Kicking King strikes Gold
The name of Taaffe, forever associated with the great Arkle, joined the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup roll of honour when Kicking King ran out a brilliant five-length winner of steeplechasing’s ultimate prize. Kicking King was announced an absentee from the big race just over a fortnight ago after a dirty scope and re-entered the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup pciture a few days later.
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Inglis Drever - World Class
Inglis Drever, who was brought off the subs bench to stand in for stable-star Royal Rosa in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, proved himself a star in his own right when eclipsing the mighty Baracouda in the Grade 1 feature to provide Graham Lee, Howard Johnson and owners Andrea and Graham Wylie with a third winner at the 2005 Festival.
Moscow Flyer
Moscow Flyer "Different Class"
Barry Geraghty, who quite rightly milked every last drop out of the amazing reception which greeted Moscow Flyer in the winner’s enclosure after his brilliant triumph in the Queen Mother Chase, had no hesitation in reaffirming that "he is the best that I have ridden."
Hardy Eustace
Hardy Eustace retains crown
Reigning Smurfit Champion hurdler Hardy Eustace retained his crown with a brilliant start-to-finish success to hold off fellow Irish challengers Harchibald and Brave Inca by a neck and the same in the opening day showpiece.
Graham Lee
Cheltenham News

Graham Lee has won Thursday’s Guinness Festival Award which honours the individual who is considered to have made the most outstanding contribution in the three championship races on each day of The Festival. Howard Johnson takes the Daily Telegraph Trophy for leading trainer by virtue of earning more prize money.

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Best Mate
Best Mate rides into history

Best Mate joined racing's greats when he clung on to win an exciting Cheltenham Gold Cup for the third successive year in 2004. Henrietta Knight's brilliant nine-year-old emulated the feat of the legendary Arkle - but he had to dig very deep to hold off Sir Rembrandt and Harbour Pilot. Best Mate, trained by Henrietta Knight and ridden by Jim Culloty, hit the front approaching the final fence and held on up the hill to justify odds of 8-11.

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2004 reports
Iris's Gift holds off the challenge of two-time winner Baracouda to win the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle. Paul Nicholls regained the lead in the trainers' championship with a 599-1 treble on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. Made In Japan (20-1) landed the JCB Triumph Hurdle in gritty fashion on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
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For three extraordinary days in the middle of March the National Hunt racing community from all around the world converges on the elegant spa town of Cheltenham. The twenty races are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar with more than £2 million in prize money and £20 million in bets riding on these Championships.
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