AL Boum Photo galloped into National Hunt folklore as he joined the elite band of horses to record back-to-back victories in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Giving Willie Mullins a fantastic four-timer on the day, Al Boum Photo (100/30 favourite) had to dig deep to see off the opposition in a close finish up the famous hill.
Al Boum Photo, Santini, Lostintranslation and Real Steel had led the pack heading to two out, where Presenting Percy fell.
Paul Townend set sail after the last and the winning post came just in time as Santini closed the gap to a neck at the line.
The first back-to-back winner since Best Mate!— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 13, 2020
Al Boum Photo is the hero once again in a thrilling @MagnersUK Cheltenham Gold Cup under a fine @PTownend ride.
A race that promised much, and a race that very much delivered #CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/o3UkpGQoF1
Lostintranslation was a length and a quarter away in third place, with the always-prominent Monalee fourth and Delta Work fifth, having struggled to get into contention following a mistake at the second fence.
The master of Closutton was capping off what has been a fantastic Cheltenham Festival for the Co Carlow based yard and said:
"We just decided not to break winning formula and just take in the same preparation as he did last year. Don't break a winning formula when it works and it's paid off thankfully.
"I thought this year's Gold Cup wasn't anything like last year's. I was just thinking if he had a clear round and a bit of luck then it was all to play for.
"I was happy throughout and Paul was brave on him at the last. Paul's plan came together and I'm delighted for him as well as Marie and Joe Donnelly, so I am just delighted.
To take over from someone like Ruby Walsh - Paul has come and stamped his authority on his season in Ireland riding for our yard."