The owner of Goshen, who fell when winning the first race on Gold Cup day, said he had dreamt it might happen.
Steven Packham had gone through ‘every scenario’ in the build-up- and seeing the four-year-old depart in the JCB Triumph Hurdle did not surprise hm.
Goshen had travelled almost too well in the hands of Jamie Moore, who asked him to seal victory with a big jump at the last obstacle.
But the 5/2 favourite blundered and his legs got caught up, which unbalanced his rider and gave him no chance of staying in the saddle.
Moore was seen sitting on the track, with his head in his hands, finding the circumstances of defeat unbelievable.
Packham was pleased to see horse and rider were unscathed and said: “It’s jump racing isn’t it? That’s what happens.
“He’s not the first horse to fall at the last at Cheltenham is he? There have been quite a few.
“The noise in the stand where we were watching it when he fell was incredible.”
The Willie Mullins-trained Burning Victory (12/1) picked up the pieces in the dramatic event, with prominent racers Aspire Tower (5/1) and Allmankind (7/2) taking second and third.
Packham added: “It’s a massive thing for me just to have a runner at Cheltenham.
“We have been coming 30 years.
“I have lived and dreamt every scenario over the last month of falling at the first, falling at the last and winning.
“The main thing is he’s alright and we can live to fight another day.”
Moore was comforted by AP McCoy on his way back to the weighing room, as the winner returned to a muted reception.
Winning trainer Willie Mullins said: “I just feel very sorry for Gary and Jamie.
“Jamie did everything right and rode the perfect race. He had the race in the bag and asked the horse all the right questions at the last, but the horse didn’t answer and he just got unbalanced.
“I’m delighted we’ve won for our owner, but I feel hugely for Gary and Jamie – a father and son team.
“I know them fairly well, this was their one shot at a winner at the Festival and the work was done.”
Paddy Power gave punters who backed Goshen their stakes back as a ‘justice refund’, a goodwill gesture extended to ante-post bets.
Despite the mishap, he is as short as 6/1 for next year’s Champion Hurdle.