PICTURE SPECIAL: Cheltenham Festival 2012

Published date: 22 March 2012 |
Published by: WORDS: Richard Jones PICTURES: Phil Blagg
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Gold Cup winner Synchronised, under AP McCoy, crosses the finishing post 

Gold Cup winner Synchronised, under AP McCoy, crosses the finishing post 

Gold Cup winner Synchronised, under AP McCoy, crosses the finishing post 

Horse racing legend AP McCoy celebrates winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup 

Jason Maguire in the saddle of Cinders and Ashes 

Action from the Cheltenham Festival 2012 

Tea For Three clears the jump 

Wishfull Thinking falls 

Jockey Richard Johnson holds on tight as Wishfull Thinking falls, crashing through the fence where photographer Phil Blagg was standing 

Barry Goraghty celebrates winning at Cheltenham on Finians Rainbow 

Race winner Son of Flicka leads from Got me out of Here 

A delighted Ruby Walsh wins on Big Bucks 

Brindisi Breeze 

Despite pulling up in the Gold Cup, jockey Ruby Walsh knows what a champion Kauto Star is 

Former Llanfair Caereinion teacher Shan Cothi races on Langley 

Powys jockey Shan Cothi competes in the St Patrick's Day Derby 

Kauto Star leads as What A Friend, owned by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, falls 

Jamie Moore in the saddle of Hector's Choice, who is owned by Welshpool man James Potter and trained by Presteigne man Richard Lee 

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COUNTY Times chief photographer Phil Blagg narrowly escaped serious injury at this year's Cheltenham Festival when a horse careered through the railings into a section of photographers.

Guilsfield man Phil was one of 30 photographers on the inside rail of the fourth to last fence when Wishfull Thinking, under Richard Johnson, crashed through the rail towards him.

Thankfully, light footed Phil managed to hop out of the way in the nick of time and return with a fabulous selection of photographs from the four day festival.

His pictures include that of Hector's Choice, who is owned by Welshpool business man James Potter and trained by Presteigne man Richard Lee.

And former Llanfair Caereinion High School music teacher, turned jockey, Shan Cothi, who rode Langley in the St Patrick's Day Derby charity race in aid of Cancer Research UK. 

He also got shots to remember of Gold Cup winner Synchronised, under Tony McCoy, and racing great Kauto Star, under Ruby Walsh.

Got a moment to spare? Why not take a look through Phil Blagg's favourite Cheltenham Festival photographs?

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