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Nichols Canyon Storms To Stayers Hurdle Success

Thursday 16th March 2017

Nichols Canyon was a gutsy winner of the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle, as he reeled in the tenacious Lil Rockerfeller in a memorable finish, which saw the Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh pairing propel back into the limelight, as they bagged a treble on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.

All the talk in the lead-up to the race had been about Noel Fehily, and whether he could record his third Championship race success on the well-backed Unowhatimeanharry, but he could only finish third in this renewal, which was fought out between two brave contenders at the end.

Trevor Whelan unleashed his assault for home a long way out from Lil Rockerfeller, who was a 33/1 outsider for this prize, but jumping the last flight in front, he was gradually being reeled in by Walsh on board Nichols Canyon, and it would be heartbreak for the Neil King, as they warrior was passed in the final furlong, and it was Nichols Canyon who was the one in the limelight, as he picked up another Grade 1 title.

15:30 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1)
1.Nichols Canyon - W Mullins - R Walsh - 10/1
2.Lil Rockerfeller - N King - T Whelan - 33/1
3.Unowhatimeanharry - H Fry - N Fehily - 5/6f
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