Langer Dan lands long-awaited Festival victory.
When Langer Dan held on for a brave victory in the Coral Cup, he made it three wins in a row at the Cheltenham Festival.
In the past two seasons, the seven-year-old horse that is trained by Dan Skelton has had a rough time at the big meeting. He has run into Gold Cup favorite Galopin Des Champs in the 2021 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle and been knocked down at the second flight when sent off favorite for the same race a year ago.
This year stable rider Harry Skelton was allowed his opportunity on board the 9-1 champ and in spite of having a lot to do when shy of room two out, he was propelled in the seat from the home turn.
He led from the front halfway up the run-in and drove his horse hard home to beat An Epic Song, who finished second, and Campround, who finished third, in a three-way battle at the finish.
Dan Skelton said: “He’s a great horse to train because he puts it all in when it matters.
“The best thing that happened is that they shut the door on him two out which meant battle was renewed, and he likes that because he had to get out of jail as if it was another race.
“What this horse has got is heart. He’s all heart and it’s part of him.
“He comes alive in the spring, but we’ve got more chances to come. Compared to Wille Mullins we’re in the foothills, but we strive to get better and our team is stacked with talent.”