LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - Al Boum won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday in front of thousands of racegoers as the rest of the world's sporting competitions were shut down by the coronavirus outbreak.
Jockey Paul Townend steered 10-3 favourite Al Boum to victory, holding off Santini and Lostintranslation in a thrilling finish to the week's blue-riband race.
"Fantastic. An absolutely unbelievable day. Some said he was under pressure but Paul does his own thing. He probably rides better under a bit of pressure," trainer Willie Mullins, who had three other winners on the last day, said.