It is Timico Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday, the day into which the Festival funnels, the race into which the season funnels.
Power was on the mark with the Alan and Ann Potts-owned Supasundae in the Coral Cup for trainer Jessica Harrington on Wednesday which edged out Taquin Du Seuil by two lengths from the final flight with Who Dares Wins in third and Monksland in fourth.
Meanwhile, Lizzie Kelly - the first woman to ride in a Gold Cup for decades - departed from Tea For Two at the second fence.
Coinciding with St Patrick's day people have turned out in their droves to watch a day of racing that features one of the most prestigious races of the year. As the latter dropped away and Djakadam (Fr) (Saint Des Saints ) challenged Native River at the head of affairs, Sizing John, who had been kept buried away on the rail by jockey Robbie Power, crept up to stalk the leading duo with the tempo quickening down the hill from three out.
That is not to say that Cue Card can not win it, he is an extraordinary 11-year-old after all, but he has history to overcome and, with that in mind, his odds are short enough. The horse is trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, and with four winners on Thursday, the money is piling in for the Irish raider who is backable at around 3/1.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet".
"The mistake cost me second place but I don't believe I would have done better than that", said the 37-year-old Irishman. "I am about to wake up and it hasn't happened".
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With Sizing John she has completed the triple crown of Cheltenham's great championship races, and typically she instinctively handed the credit to Power. "I don't think I've even entered one before".
Harrington was enjoying her 10th Festival triumph, with previous successes including the Queen Mother Champion Chase twice with Moscow Flyer, and Jezki in the Champion Hurdle three years ago.
Power added, "The one thing about Sizing John is you can rely on his jumping".
The worry about Cue Card is that he is 11, and no horse aged older than 10 has won the Gold Cup since 1969. He invented a machine to do this and made millions from it.
"I feel very sorry".
Sizing John beat Empire of Dirt and Sub Lieutenant on his last two starts, and the latter was second to Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair Chase yesterday. "I never seemed to have any stayers in the past". "At least we'd have a Gold Cup victor", he said.
Power, who has only recently fought his way back from a serious injury to his eye socket, joined an elite band of jockeys to have won both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.