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Russell shines on Savello

Davy Russell completed a dream day at the Cheltenham Festival as Savello pounced after the last to win the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase.

The Tony Martin-trained winner was a fourth winner on the afternoon for owner Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud after Tiger Roll, Very Wood and Don Poli.

It was a strange race as Next Sensation was miles clear at halfway before Richard Johnson slowed up coming down the hill and then kicked on again.

He was still in front at the last but Claret Cloak and Savello were stalking.

Savello (16-1) stayed on strongest of all, though, to win by a length and a quarter from the fast-finishing Ned Buntline with Claret Cloak third and Next Sensation paying for his early exertions in fourth.

Russell was riding on a high having won the Triumph Hurdle on Tiger Roll and the Gold Cup on Lord Windermere

Martin said: "We've had a few little problems, but that's racing. You have your ups and downs but it's great to come away with that.

"That was probably the ride of the week. He missed two fences but he had the nerve to sit and wait. It was brilliant."

Owner Michael O'Leary said: "That shows you how easy it is to have winners at Cheltenham - you wait two years for a winner, then four come along in the space of a few hours!

"It was a brilliant training performance by Tony Martin. He's not had a great week

"I thought we had no chance. Tony's horses had not been running well all week, but this is wonderful. I'm not used to having four winners.

"Davy had not had a winner all week, now he's won the Gold Cup and had a treble on the day."