Penhill was a gutsy winner of the 2018 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle, as the Willie Mullins-trained raider fought off Supasundae in a tremendous finish, which saw Paul Townend ride his first winner of this year's Cheltenham Festival, and saw the Mullins team notch up their sixth win of the meeting.
Sam Spinner was heavily backed in the lead-up to the race, and he was unsurprisingly sent out the front by Joe Colliver, and had it all his own way through the early stages, but in behind there were a whole host of challengers, as several were in with a chance as they came down the hill for the second time.
With Sam Spinner just unable to quicken, it was Penhill and Supasundae that jumped the last flight together, but Townend was just able to get a little more out of his mount, who was following up from a win in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, and the 12/1 shot went on to win by two lengths.
Supasundae ran a cracker in defeat to finish second, while Wholestone outstayed the rest of the field to complete the 1-2-3, but this showpiece event was all about Penhill, who produced another tremendous Cheltenham Festival performance, and hand the Irish a fourth win from four races on Thursday afternoon.
15:30 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1) 1.Penhill - W Mullins - P Townend - 12/1 2.Supasundae - J Harrington - R Power - 6/1 3.Wholestone - N Twiston-Davies - A Coleman - 14/1 16 Ran