Tuesday, May 21, 2024

As it happened: Willie Mullins enjoys ‘Champion’ start as Ireland dominate on Day One of Cheltenham

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That wraps up an incredible day one for the Irish, with five winners on the day, headlined by Willie Mullins’ State Man in the Champion Hurdle, under jockey Paul Townend.

The pair had a treble on the day with Gaelic Warrior’s Arkle win and Lossiemouth scoring in the Mares Hurdle.

Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead opened the afternoon with a Supreme win on Slade Steel, with Kim Bailey’s Chianti Classico landing the Ultima Handicap Chase for Britain.

Joseph O’Brien is on the board after Lark In The Mornin’s Boodles win and Emmet Mullins rounded things off in the finale, winning the race named after his grandmother with Corbetts Cross.

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