“When he let her go it was just brilliant up the hill. I’m glad for him (Paul). I think on the day (at Leopardstown) Paul was gutted. Sport is about redemption, and I’ve said that before.”

Rich Ricci on his Triumph Hurdle win

“I just think it is great to part of this. Tuesday was such a special day and it has been an emotional week. Even yesterday with Henry winning and the Jack de Bromhead race. It was very emotional and it is an emotional week and it is great to be part of it. When you win one you appreciate it as we have had enough losers.” Rich Ricci on a magical Cheltenham Festival

“It was a great bit of riding from Bridget. She doesn’t get many dances on the big stage because obviously Harry takes precedence but as you can see she is more than capable and I’m very proud of her.” Dan Skelton after Bridget won her second County Hurdle

“I’m delighted for Paul because it is a tough job and he handles it well and I can be tough too. He stayed so well.

I wouldn’t say that (it ranks above other Gold Cup wins). There was just more pressure that was all. That was the most pressure I’ve felt.” Willie Mullins after the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup

“The hardest thing in this game is to get on the horses. There are a lot of lads in there doing it and I’m in the fortunate position that I get to throw my leg over them. The Gold Cup brings winning to a different level. Cheltenham is very important, but the Gold Cup just has that little bit more spice to it.” Paul Townend after winning on Galopin Des Champs

“I am [shaking] I don’t know what to say, what to think! It’s just so unbelievable and wonderful. And really we have to thank magnificent Willie Mullins and all the team in Closutton. We wouldn’t be here, having this wonderful day without them.” Audrey Turley, the winning owner

“I am absolutely over the moon. I came here last year and thought he was going to absolutely sluice up and he just came down. I said all year he could make for the Gold Cup and I’m glad he’s done it now.” Galopin Des Champs’ groom Adam Connolly

“I hate coming second, you know me, but I can’t be anything but proud of him. He ran a blinding race and we’ll give it another go next year.” Paul Nicholls after Bravemansgame’s Gold Cup second

“I saw two fences, I could not watch, my heart was in my mouth even though she is a fantastic jumper. I knew she wouldn’t let me down. Once she got into battle, I knew she’d out-battle the rest. She’s a terrier and the mare at home is a terrier as well – not the easiest to handle!”

Tom O’Doherty, breeder of Impervious

“I saw so many people I knew and lots I didn’t and I appreciated them all as they were all cheering for me. It’s every jockey’s dream to ride a winner here. Every winner is great as it’s very hard to get going in Ireland, that was my 18th winner today and this is one I won’t forget.” Aidan Kelly on his first Festival winner