The feature race of the 3 day Cheltenham Open meeting, The Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup was won by an Irish bred horse for the fourth consecutive year. Great Endeavour (IRE) followed in the footsteps of previous winners Imperial Commander (IRE), Tranquil Sea (IRE) and Little Josh (IRE) to give trainer David Pipe his first victory in the race. It was owner David Johnson’s seventh win in the race and he paid tribute to winning jockey Timmy Murphy commenting; “He was a bit unlucky last year when he got left at the start but Timmy has made up for it this year. Timmy is riding out of his skin and he gave him a peach of a ride. It’s just a pity I haven't got more rides for him.”
Great Endeavour was always travelling strongly and when sent into the lead rounding the turn he quickly put daylight between himself and his nearest pursuers. Despite a bad blunder at the last the son of Great Palm galloped on up the hill to beat Quantitativeeasing (IRE) by seven lengths. A winner of a 4yo maiden point to point in Dromahane first time out for Tom Lombard, Great Endeavour has developed into a high class chaser and has already posted a win at the Cheltenham March Festival when winning the Byrne Group Plate last year. He was bred by Kevin Roche who sold him as a foal in Tattersalls Ireland for €8,000.