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Buveur D'Air retains his Champion Hurdle crown, but only just

Buveur D'Air retains his Champion Hurdle crown, but only just

Nicky Henderson's seven-year-old won this contest comfortably last season, and hasn't been really troubled in all four victories since his win a year ago.

Trainer Nicky Henderson will decide tomorrow morning whether Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Altior will make the race.

"They've gone a gallop there you wouldn't believe they would keep up in that ground and they have quickened again all the way up the hill". It's just been in the back of my mind and has always anxious me.

Mr Claisse, said it was the "first time" since 1982 the festival had opened with such "testing conditions".

Barry Geraghty waited as long as possible before making his challenge on the victor.

"It's real winter conditions, tacky down the back straight, he won it the hard way", Geraghty told ITV. "He definitely made two serious mistakes, if not three, and I thought he'd do well to finish in the first four, but he just kept picking up".

"The second horse is a good horse", said veteran handler Henderson after sending out yet another victor from his Seven Barrows yard near Lambourn, southern England. "He dug deep thankfully, what a buzz".

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Leading Irish trainer Willie Mullins enjoyed another fantastic day the Festival, swooping three winners from seven races.

Trusty partner Ruby Walsh, Cheltenham's most successful jockey, put in a tactical masterclass in the Arkle Trophy atop Footpad, timing the charge to perfection after Petit Mouchoir had set a rapid early pace to delight the fans in attendance.

The concluding Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase went to Mick Channon's 13-2 shot Mister Whitaker, ridden by Brian
Hughes.

In the opening Supreme Novice Hurdle, Summerville Boy ran out a narrow victor with a great ride from Noel Fehily.

Favourite Getabird under Walsh weakened in the run-in and was unplaced.

The Nick Williams-trained Coo Star Sivola (5-1 favourite)
clung on grimly to provide jockey Lizzie Kelly with her first Festival success in the Ultima Handicap Chase.


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