Vautour produced a sensational performance to blitz his rivals in the Ryanair Chase, and duly notched his third success at the Cheltenham Festival, as he yet again showed why he is rated as one of the finest National Hunt stars in Jumps racing to hand the deadly duo of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh more success.
Having been switched from the Gold Cup, negative vibes had many people questioning whether he would be able to find the same spark he showed when storming to JLT Novices' Chase success 12 months ago, but the doubters were left eating their words as the Evens favourite ground his rivals into submission.
Walsh elected to sit off a quick pace, which was patrolled by Village Vic, but as they got to the business end of the race, he merely eased clear of Road To Riches, and despite he didn't produce his most fluent jumps at the final two fences, he didn't stop and launched six lengths clear.
Valseur Lido ran on to snap up second spot, with Road To Riches completing an Irish top three, as the Emerald Isle bagged this prestigious Grade 1 prize for the first time since it was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005, and what a display it was from the champion.
14:50 Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Festival Trophy Chase) 1.Vautour - W Mullins - R Walsh - EvensF 2.Valseur Lido - W Mullins - D Mullins - 11/1 3.Road To Riches - N Meade - B Cooper - 7/1 15 Ran