Gold Cup for Nico de Boinville (H 02-07)

Former Bradfield College pupil Nico de Boinville (H 02-07) has done what few jump jockeys are able to achieve – winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the biggest jump race of them all.

Nico rode to victory on novice Coneygree, the first time since 1974 that a novice steeplechaser has won the Gold Cup. This massive achievement is made all the more exceptional as Nico, who turned professional only a year ago, was riding for the first time in a top-level Grade One chase.

After Bradfield Nico went to Newcastle University to study Politics but decided to leave during the first year to pursue a career in the racing world. He quickly got a job working at Seven Barrows near Lambourn for trainer Nicky Henderson, one of jump racing’s biggest names who has been a massive supporter of Nico ever since.

Coneygree, the horse on which he rode, was not trained by one of the top trainers but a tiny family-run operation led by Mark Bradstock. This makes the victory even more significant because very small trainers don’t win these races very often.

Congratulations to Nico and we hope he continues to succeed in his exceptional racing career.   
You can read more on the race and see some great comments from BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght here.

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