Great Endeavour wins Paddy Power Gold Cup
Great Endeavour powered to a convincing seven-lengths win in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
The 8-1 shot, ridden by Timmy Murphy, surged ahead in the later stages and neither Quantativeeasing, who finished second, nor Divers, who grabbed third, could compete.
The favourite for the race over four and a half furlongs, Wishfull Thinking, settled into the early lead, but once overtaken he pulled up.
A delighted Murphy paid tribute to Great Endeavour's trainer David Pipe afterwards.
"He knows how to train winners, which makes my job easier," Murphy said.
"This is a bit special. He had a great novice year - low profile - and he's improved all the time.
"It's great for his owner, David Johnson. He's probably lacked a bit of quality since we retired all the good ones, but it's nice for him to have a good winner on a day like today."
Pipe added: "That was brilliant - it was Timmy at his best. He got a good start and everything fell into place.
"I couldn't believe how well he jumped and travelled, and then you just hope he can keep going as it's a long way up that hill.
"Timmy can only be as good as the horses he rides and it's the same for a trainer.
"He (Great Endeavour) has been flying at home - he's a good work-horse.
"We've always thought he was a good horse - he's won at the Festival and we fancied him last year - but for some reason things just didn't work out.
"He's off a higher mark but obviously he's still improving."