Chosen Mate offered instructor Gordon Elliott his seventh Cheltenham Festival winner of the week in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup.
The well-backed 7/2 much-loved travelled to the front in between the last 2 fencings as well as remained on well up capital to defeat steady friend Eclair De Beaufeu (13/ 2) by a length-and-three-quarters under Davy Russell.
It drew him degree with Willie Mullins on 7 champions with simply one race staying – Mullins directly held the lead due to the fact that of having a lot more third-placed joggers heading right into the ending.
Us And Them (10/ 1) was 3 as well as a fifty percent sizes back in 3rd, with Greaneteen (5/1) a neck away in 4th.
Elliott stated: “He certainly can win a rated race. I stated if you can obtain him in a rhythm over his initial 4 fencings he will certainly win. Thankfully he won.
“Robbie Power was going to ride him, but then Davy decided he wanted to ride him and I’m thrilled he rode him, as he is a brilliant jockey and I’m lucky to have him.”