Lord Windermere (right): held on by a short head from On His OwnPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Mullins will not appeal Gold Cup result
THERE is no chance of Lord Windermere and his connections having the Cheltenham Gold Cup snatched away after Willie Mullins, trainer of runner-up On His Own, revealed on Saturday he will not be appealing against the decision of the racecourse stewards to allow the result to stand.
Lord Windermere, the highlight of a fabulous treble for jockey Davy Russell, interfered with On His Own close home, drifting to his right and beating him a short head. Russell was given a one-day ban for careless riding but stewards deemed the incident had not improved Lord Windermere's placing.
"I will sleep easier tonight, that's for sure," said Culloty, who also won the Gold Cup three times as a jockey on Best Mate. "It has just been fantastic and I can't believe all the well-wishers I've had. There was always that worry in the back of my mind but now I can breathe easy."
Mullins was gracious in defeat and explained his reasons for deciding against an appeal, having said on the day he would consider such a course of action.
"I had a good chat with Mr and Mrs [Graham] Wylie and we just felt that as we didn't win it on the day there was no point in trying to win it on a different day," he said. "It just wouldn't be the same."
Mullins, who finished as leading trainer at the festival with four winners, added: "It was time to put a line under the matter and move on."
On His Own is likely to have the next chance to underline his progress at Punchestown, rather than in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree. He is not quoted by some firms for the National but is a 10-1 shot with those who price him.