Michael O’Leary hopes loyalty in Last Instalment brings Gold Cup joy | Sport | The Observer

Michael O'Leary hopes loyalty in Last Instalment brings Gold Cup joy | Sport | The Observer
Michael O'Leary with his leading staying chaser Last Instalment after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown Photograph: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile/Corbis

If Last Instalment wins the Gold Cup on Friday, the Cheltenham Festival may instantly cease to be the usual joyous and carefree betting jamboree and become instead a sort of collective cringe. This is the horse running beneath a drug cloud and victory for him could, perhaps unfairly, do great damage to racing's reputation, but there will be at least one man prepared to speak up unflinchingly in defence of his achievement: his owner, the very, very outspoken Michael O'Leary.

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