Based in Knockeen, Co. Waterford, De Bromhead saddles Minella Indo and A Plus Tard. Fellow Irishman Willie Mullins trains Al Boum Photo.
“The GOLD CUP is coming back home to Waterford,” De Bromhead said on Twitter.
Rachael Blackmore, who later collected the trophy as the Festival’s top rider, tried to rally her mount but Minella Indo held steady.
“I landed over the last,” Kennedy said, “and he pricked his ears, he was pulling up, but it wasn’t out of tiredness and when he heard Rachael coming back at him, he took off again. It’s unbelievable stuff.”
Kennedy added: “I can’t believe it, this is what I’ve dreamt of since I was a child. I’m just so grateful to Henry and (owner) Barry Maloney for giving me a chance and the opportunity to ride him. This is what I live for.”
Native River, the 2018 winner, was fourth, followed by Frodon in fifth.
The stands were empty due to coronavirus restrictions. Normally, about 70,000 fans attend the Gold Cup.