Paul Townend salutes the crowd as Al Boum Photo wins the Gold Cup (Julian Herbert/PA)The wait is over for Willie Mullins – after six second places in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Festival showpiece finally makes its way back to Closutton thanks to Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend. Press Association Sport looks back on a rousing finish to the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

A wet start did little to dampen the spirits ahead of Gold Cup day
A wet start did little to dampen the spirits ahead of Gold Cup day (Julian Herbert/PA)
Rachael Blackmore punches the air after notching her first Grade One win at the Festival on Minella Indo
[Rachael Blackmore](https://gg.co.uk/racing/form-profile-155543) punches the air after notching her first Grade One win at the Festival on [Minella Indo](https://gg.co.uk/racing/form-profile-2526175) (Nigel French/PA)
Final farewell - Noel Fehily returns after finishing unplaced on his last Festival ride (
Final farewell – [Noel Fehily](https://gg.co.uk/racing/form-profile-95583) returns after finishing unplaced on his last Festival ride (Julian Herbert/PA)
Honours equal? This year's County Hurdle hero Harry Skelton celebrates with partner and last year's winner Bridget Andrews
Honours equal? This year’s County Hurdle hero [Harry Skelton](https://gg.co.uk/racing/form-profile-126303) celebrates with partner and last year’s winner [Bridget Andrews](https://gg.co.uk/racing/form-profile-154923) (Nigel French/PA)
A majestic leap from Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo to seal Cheltenham glory
A majestic leap from Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo to seal Cheltenham glory (Nigel French/PA)
Willie Mullins, with jockey Paul Townend, has waited a long time to get his hands on the Gold Cup
Willie Mullins, with jockey Paul Townend, has waited a long time to get his hands on the Gold Cup (Paul Harding/PA)
Like father, like son - Jonjo O'Neill jnr wins the conditional jockeys' race
Like father, like son – [Jonjo O’Neill jnr](https://gg.co.uk/racing/form-profile-237043) wins the conditional jockeys’ race and brings the curtain down on the 2019 Festival (Paul Harding/PA)