Cheltenham Festival 2019: William Henry flies late to nab Wicklow Brave in Coral Cup cracker

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WILLIAM HENRY (28-1) blasted through the final furlong to grab the strong-travelling Wicklow Brave in the shadows of the post.

Nico de Boinville timed is effort to perfection upon the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding.

William Henry and Nico de Boinville celebrate after their victory
William Henry and Nico de Boinville celebrate after their victory
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It looked impossible at one stage, but under a power-packed de Boinville drive the nine-year-old flew late to just get up on the post.

There were plenty going well approaching two out but it was the son of King’s Theatre – under the pump from some way out – who nailed them.

The win means Nico de Boinville and Nicky Henderson are off the mark, with Altior to come in the Champion Chase.

Wicklow Brave (28-1) just lost out in second, with Ballyandy (14-1) third and Brio Conti (10-1) fourth.

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Winning owner Dai Walters said: “I said to Nicky, just run it!

“He said the ground was too soft but I said run it anyway.

“I didn’t think I would get any winners after my two got beaten in the Supreme yesterday.

The same thing happened a few years ago when Oscar Whiskey got beat – and then Whisper won!”

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