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Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera, Michael Emons and Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Victoria Pendleton in the Foxhunter Chase

    A little bit of an over jump at the second from Pendleton. She's OK though. Still last mind.

    It's all safe and tidy now though with 15 to go.

  2. Victoria Pendleton in the Foxhunter Chase

    Cheltenham Festival

    We're under way. Victoria Pendleton sets off in last place. Playing it safe. She's over the first.

  3. 'Accident waiting to happen'

    Victoria Pendleton in the Foxhunter Chase

    Some opinions on Victoria Pendleton's racing career from some horse racing legends.

    John Francome: "If ever there is someone waiting for a fall it is her. If something falls in front of her she will go straight over it. She doesn't look comfortable to me."

    Peter Scudamore: "It is an accident waiting to happen."

    AP McCoy: "To get here and take part is a phenomenal achievement. I admire her and miracles can happen."

  4. 'She's very committed'

    Cheltenham Festival

    AP McCoy speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Victoria Pendleton: "She's very committed. She couldn't believe how tired she got in training. She couldn't believe how fit you have to be. It shows jockeys in a good light."

  5. 4.10 Victoria Pendleton in the Foxhunter Chase

    Cheltenham Festival

    Usually about this time at Cheltenham, the stands are clearing and the bars are filling.

    Not today.

    All eyes are on Victoria Pendleton and the 25-1 Pacha Du Polder in this three-mile two-furlong amateur chase.

  6. 'I had reservations'

    Cheltenham Festival

    Pacha Du Polder's owner Andy Stewart spoke to BBC Radio 5 live about the decision to give Victoria Pendleton the mount.

    "I did have reservations. But I talked to AP McCoy - the greatest jockey of all time - in Barbados. Listening to him and other people we became more relaxed. She has the competitive spirit you see in most jockeys."

  7. 4.10 Victoria Pendleton in the Foxhunter Chase

    Cheltenham Festival

    Well, time to re-compose yourself.

    Next up it's double Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton in the big amateur race.

    There's no expectancy for her to win, but placing would be an incredible achievement.

    She's just having a chat with the trainer of her horse Pacha Du Polder, Paul Nicholls.

    On The Fringe is the 7-4 favourite.

    Victoria Pendleton
  8. Cue Card 'fine' - Tizzard

    Horse Racing

    Trainer Colin Tizzard has just given BBC Radio 5 live an update on the condition of Cue Card, who fell heavily late on with three to go in the Gold Cup.

    "I just thank God that he got up," said Tizzard. "Two seconds before that you thought 'here we go' and he was slightly in front, then just put down - he hit it and went over.

    "But he came back walking around without a care in the world, he is fine. It's hard to take but there's worse things that can happen. I just thank God he's OK.

    "In four years that's the first time he has fallen and he has not looked like doing so before. (Jockey) Paddy (Brennan) does not want to talk to anyone at the moment."

  9. 'Hopefully one year we'll break our duck'

    Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Willie Mullins is still looking to train his first Gold Cup winner as Djakadam comes second.

    "What do we have to do? Hopefully we'll be back again next year. I will never complain about second, although hopefully one year we'll break our duck," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

  10. 'I'm shell shocked'

    Cheltenham Festival - Don Cossack wins Gold Cup

    After shedding tears of joy and emotion, Don Cossack trainer Gordon Elliott has composed himself enough to speak to BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I really can't believe it. I'm delighted for the staff and my family. I'm shell shocked. I'd love to look at it again but it was something special."

  11. 'Paddy will be reliving it'

    Cheltenham Festival

    Andrew Thornton

    National Hunt jockey on BBC Radio 5 live

    On Paddy Brennan's decision to push Cue Card before the fall at the fourth fro last: "It's one of those calls. Paddy will be reliving it more than anyone. When a horse goes on the floor you always question if you should have held off but if it goes right it works brilliantly."

  12. Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Cheltenham Festival

    Bryan Cooper struts out to the winner's circle on Don Cossack to an adoring crowd.

    Just two years ago Cooper was laid up with a horrible broken leg injury and missed this race.

  13. The winner

    Don Cossack wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup

  14. Cheltenham Gold Cup result

    Cheltenham Festival

    So it's the 2-1 favourite Don Cossack from the Ruby Walsh-ridden Djakadam.

    Walsh pushed late on but then drifted.

    It looked a nasty fall for Cue Card but the excellent news is the horse is up and about.

    Top three:

    1 Don Cossack 9-4F2 Djakadam 9-23 Don Poli 9-2  

    Don Cossack
  15. 'A fantastic victory'

    Don Cossack wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Luke Harvey

    Former National Hunt jockey on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Don Cossack was brilliant. He fell in the King George and a lot of people think he would've won that day.

    "What a tough, gutsy improving horse - that was a fantastic victory. Extraordinary. He has done nothing wrong leading up to this and he put everything together."

  16. BreakingDon Cossack wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Trainer Gordon Elliott is in tears. He can't talk on the radio. Such emotion.

    What a race from Don Cossack - Bryan Cooper timed everything to perfection.

    Don Cossack
  17. Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Don Cossack with a three-length lead over Djakadam. One to go.

  18. Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Cue Card falls! Two to go.

  19. Post update

    Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Luke Harvey

    Former National Hunt jockey on BBC Radio 5 live

    "You would only want to be on Djakadam at the moment, but Cue Card is getting going."

  20. Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Smad Place and Djakadam in among five at the front with five to go as Cue Card starts to move.