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19th March, 2017
Robbie Power wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup riding Sizing John last Friday Picture: Getty

The Cheltenham Festival 2017 offered a panoply of triumph and success for Irish sportsmen and women. But among the warmest moments was the simultaneous arrival late on Friday night at Birmingham International Airport’s Meridaen Restaurant and Bar of trainers Jessica Harrington and Gordon Elliott.

On noticing their arrival, dozens of Irish fans waiting for flights spontaneously broke out into cheers and applause.

At 70 years of age, Harrington’s success in training Sizing John to...

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