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Summary

  1. Sizing John (7-1) wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup
  2. Minella Rocco second, Native River third and favourite Djakadam fourth
  3. Cue Card falls third fence from last
  4. Lizzie Kelly's Tea For Two falls at second fence
  5. Champions League QF draw: Atletico Madrid v Leicester City
  6. Europa League QF draw: Anderlecht v Man Utd

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By Saj Chowdhury, Elizabeth Hudson and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Cheltenham Festival

It means that the Irish end the meeting with 19 winners out of the 28 races

Gordon Elliott finishes as top trainer - both he and Willie Mullins had six winners apiece but Elliott had three second places compared to Mullins's two.

Ruby Walsh's four winners on Thursday also saw him named leading jockey again.

That's it for Cheltenham 2017. You can follow all of the reaction on the BBC Sport website.

Goodbye and thanks. 

Power's perfect day

Cheltenham Festival

What a day for jockey Robbie Power and trainer Jessica Harrington.

First, Sizing John wins the Gold Cup and then they complete a double with Rule The World for another Irish-trained winner.

Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
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Cheltenham Festival

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Cheltenham

Sometimes you have outstanding ones but I think it's been a good Festival. I think this is a bit of a transition period because we didn't have our champions back. Buveur D'Air from the Champion Hurdle is likely to go on and Sizing John is definitely a horse to come back - he's a relatively young horse at seven.

Rock the World wins Grand Annual

Horse racing

Full result 

1 Rock The World (Robbie Power) 10-1 

2 Gardefort (Daryl Jacob) 20-1

3 Theinval (Jeremiah McGrath) 9-1 

4 Dandridge (Davy Russell) 13-2 

24 ran

BreakingRock the World wins Grand Annual

Cheltenham Festival

Rock The World (10-1) wins the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase for jockey Robbie Power and trainer Jessica Harrington.

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual

Cheltenham Festival

Bright New Dawn and Croco Bay are still leading with two to go.

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase

Cheltenham Festival

Velvet Maker and Croco Bay are the early leaders.

And they're off (for the final time)

Cheltenham Festival

And the last race of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, is underway with 24 runners racing over two miles.

17:30: Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (2m ½f)

Horse racing

After four days and 27 races, it all comes down to this, the race named after trainer Nicky Henderson’s father, and the last chance for punters to claw back some money.

Henderson has won the race twice and finished second four times over the past decade and his hopes are with Theinval , ridden by Jeremiah McGrath.

Paul Nicholls has a good chance with Le Prezien while Rock The World  for Gold Cup winners Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power, is not without a chance.

Nicky Henderson
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Roast Beef or Funky Chicken - Sport quiz of the week

Sports quiz

Michael Jackson statue
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Do you know your Roast Beef from your Funky Chicken? And what football purchase has Michael Essien's wife made this week? Test yourself with BBC Sport and A Question of Sport's weekly quiz here .

'He's probably the worst horse we own'

Cheltenham Festival

So your horse has just gone and won at the Cheltenham Festival but Champagne Classic's owner Michael O'Leary's reaction was a bit bemused after the horse's win in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle for trainer Gordon Elliott.

"I think that was miraculous as he's probably the worst horse we own," said the airline boss.

"It will mean more to Gordon as this is a race he's always wanted to win because he's very close to Martin. 

"When you buy in numbers there some are duds and he's one of them! The jockey gave him a great ride. We should be very grateful and very humble." 

JJ Slevin on Champagne Classic
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Douvan suffered pelvic injury

Cheltenham Festival

On Wednesday, the odds-on favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase Douvan was surprisingly beaten in one of the all-time Festival shocks.

But there is an explanation behind the performance of the Willie Mullins-trained horse. 

Douvan
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#CheltenhamFestival: after defeat on Wed #Douvan found to have stress fracture of pelvis; owner Rich Ricci says box-rest & back next season

On this day in...

2006: War Of Attrition, owned by Michael O'Leary, trained by Mouse Morris and ridden by Conor O'Dwyer, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the feature race on the final day of the 2006 Festival.

War of Attrition wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2006
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Champagne celebrations for Champagne Classic

Cheltenham Festival

That's a sixth win of the Festival for Gordon Elliott after JJ Slevin, a nephew of Aidan O'Brien, triumphs on Champagne Classic in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle.

The owner of the horse is airline boss Michael O'Leary and that brings us back to another great moment in history for O'Leary.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival

Full result:

1 Champagne Classic (J J Slevin) 12-1 

2 Verni (Thomas Cheesman) 25-1 

3 Runfordave (Donagh Meyler) 9-1 

4 Coo Star Sivola (Lizzie Kelly) 13-2 

23 ran

BreakingMartin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival

Champagne Classic (12-1) wins the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival

Two to to Coo Star Sivola is still in contention but Champagne Classic has moved up well.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival

Coo Star Sivola is the early leader ahead of the intriguely-named Doesyourdogbite but there are still plenty with chances.

And they're off

Cheltenham Festival

The 24 runners are on their way in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle after a delay for Champagne Classic to get some running repairs on his saddle

Lizzie Kelly on Coo Star Sivola will hope to make up for her Gold Cup disappointment.

16:50: Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (2m 4½f)

Horse racing

This penultimate race of the 2017 Festival, named in honour of the 15-time champion trainer, has been won by Willie Mullins or Paul Nicholls in five of the last six years and the pair have good chances once again.

Mullins has Battleford and Castello Sforza while Nicholls has former Festival winner Lac Fontana and Tommy Silver but the danger could come from No Comment from the Philip Hobbs yard who has won three novice hurdles.   

Paul Nicholls
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Pep's got the power

Man City v Liverpool (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Pep Guardiola had an interesting conversation with Manchester City's owner Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi recently.

Guardiola did not divulge much in the way of detail this afternoon but implied plenty had been invested in him in terms of driving City forward.

"I met Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi recently," he said "I heard the plan. 

"The club is getting better and better. Who the players and manager are depends on the results but I have more power than ever to shape the squad. 

"It is a big challenge. I want to see if I am able to do it."

'Kompany was not fit - that's why he didn't play'

Man City v Liverpool (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

Manchester City

Vincent Kompany
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Let's move away from Cheltenham for a moment and catch up on the latest football news and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained why centre-back Vincent Kompany didn't feature in the second leg against Monaco. 

Reports suggested that the Belgian has been fit for three weeks.

"The reason was that he didn't play because it was injured. Sometimes he was injured again. I don't want to waste one change because he might get injured again. Now he will go to the national team and hopefully he will play," he said.

"That was my desire from the beginning of the season but he has not been fit. The first step is to be fit. The last two weeks, he is there."

However, Kompany was not named in the Belgium squad announcement for their forthcoming matches against Greece and Russia.

On Reds manager Jurgen Klopp: "He is a top coach. Liverpool win the ball and attack. He likes to attack in four, five, six seconds. He is a top trainer. I respect him a lot. It's a good test. The best teams in the Premier League are at the top."

Pacha Du Polder wins Foxhunters

Cheltenham Festival

And here's Bryony Frost and Pacha Du Polder (far side) on their way to victory in the Foxhunters Chase. Balnaslow, also pictured, eventually finished third.  

Pacha Du Polder wins Foxhunters
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Bryony Frost wins Foxhunters on Pacha Du Polder

Horse racing

Jockey Hadden Frost, brother of Bryony, tells Radio 5 live: "It's actually bigger to watch your sister win than ride one yourself. She always said she was better than us and she is starting to prove it."

Foxhunters delight for Frost

Cheltenham Festival

BBC Radio 5 live

Winning jockey Bryony Frost: "It's emotional - he is an incredible horse and I can't quite believe it.

"I saw my dad and brother at the top of the hill and it made me emotional. It's unreal."

A familiar winner

Cheltenham Festival

If the name of Pacha Du Polder is familiar, it is because Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton rode him in the same race on last year.

That was a great ride by Bryony Frost, who comes from a family steeped in racing, on the horse trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by the Stewart family.

Victoria Pendleton on Pacha du Polder
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Pacha Du Polder takes Foxhunters Chase

Cheltenham Festival

Full result

1 Pacha Du Polder (Miss B Frost) 16-1 

2 Wonderful Charm (Ms K Walsh) 7-2 

3 Barel Of Laughs (Mr Alex Edwards) 100-1 

23 ran

BreakingFoxhunters Chase

Cheltenham Festival

Pasha Du Polder (16-1) takes the Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham.

Foxhunters Chase

Cheltenham Festival

On The Fridge is moving up the field but Balnaslow leads with four to jump.

Foxhunters Chase

Cheltenham Festival

The leader with 12 fences still to go is Balnaslow under the experienced Derek O'Connor. The hat-trick-chasing On The Fringe is gradually improving.

And they are off...

Cheltenham Festival

And they are on their way in the Foxhunters Chase over the same course and distance as the Gold Cup.

16:10: Foxhunter Chase (3m 2½f)

Cheltenham Festival

After all of the drama of the Gold Cup, it is the turn of the amateur jockeys to take centre stage once again. 

Jamie Codd enjoyed two wins on Wednesday and could claim a third here with On The Fringe , who is bidding for a hat-trick in this race.

Katie Walsh has a great chance to her Cheltenham tally with the Paul Nicholls-trained Wonderful Charm who has won his last two races.

Jamie Codd
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Ireland 17-8 Britain in the Betbright Cup

Cheltenham Gold Cup

It's been a rout... and Willie Mullins has a theory why...

Willie Mullins has just said on @5liveSport that Irish jumps structure is better than in England where too much put into low grade fare!!

Cheltenham Gold Cup

For all the joy surrounding the winner, there's also heartbreak for many others. Here's how Tea For Two and Lizzie Kelly came to grief at the second fence.

Tea for two
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Cheltenham Gold Cup full result

Cheltenham Festival

1 Sizing John 7-1 R M Power

2 Minella Rocco 18-1 N D Fehily

3 Native River 7-2 R Johnson

4 Djakadam 3-1 Fav R Walsh

5 Saphir Du Rheu 33-1 Sam Twiston-Davies

6 More Of That 14-1 Aidan Coleman

7 Bristol De Mai 16-1 D A Jacob

8 Smad Place 50-1 Wayne Hutchinson

9 Champagne West 14-1 D J Mullins

10  Outlander 10-1 B J Cooper

DNF

Tea For Two 40-1 Lizzie Kelly

Cue Card 9-2 P J Brennan

Irish Cavalier 66-1 P Townend  

Well done, fella

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Sizing John earns a kiss from jockey Robbie Power, who is nicknamed 'Puppy'...

Sizing John
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Sizing John wins Cheltenham Gold Cup

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Yet another win for Ireland at this year's Cheltenham - and what a performance from Sizing John. He just powered away from the field after the last and won by just under three lengths.

Sizing John wins Gold Cup
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'I've never had stayers in the past'

Cheltenham Gold Cup

BBC Radio 5 live


          Sizing John and jockey Robbie Power in front of the Cheltenham crowd
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Sizing John's trainer Jessica Harrington: "It's just amazing. Sizing John has gone from two miles at Christmas to three miles here.

"It's his jumping that got him here. I never seemed to have any stayers in the past. The team at home have been fantastic. I can't believe it - I have to get a Classic now." 

'It feels fantastic'

Cheltenham Gold Cup

BBC Radio 5 live

Sizing John owner Alan Potts:  "It's unreal. It's a dream come true. Our first runner in the race, the jockey's first ride in the race and trainer Jessica Harrington's first horse in the race. It feels fantastic."