Written by Daniel James Parry
The main event at Cheltenham Festival 2016 pits two time winner and Willie Mullins trained horse, Don Poli, against Gordon Elliot trained Don Cossack, in the prestigious Gold Cup.
Seven year old Don Poli, trained by Willie Mullins, is saddled by jockey Davy Russell, and carries 5 chase wins and 3 hurdle wins, owned by Giggsintown Stud. No stranger to victory, Don Poli has won at two festivals prior to Cheltenham – the Martin Pipe and the RSA. Although described as ‘a lazy horse’, Cheltenham offers Don Poli the chance to come alive, with £308,279 on offer if he takes the gold.