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Vautour Reigns Supreme With Electrifying Display In Festival Opener

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins kicked off the 2014 Cheltenham Festival with a bang as Vautour produced a sensational display to land the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, as the 7/2 joint-favourite produced an electrifying front-running display to land the opening race by an emphatic six lengths in a course record time.

Sent to the front from the flag fall, Walsh was always travelling well and whilst Irving, who was the other 7/2 joint-favourite struggled to go the pace and lost his position in the middle part of the race, it was the Irish raider who continuted to put pressure on his rivals and he propelled clear up the home straight to beat the Nicky Henderson-trained duo of Josses Hill and Vaniteux.

You couldn't help but be impressed visually by his victory, but it was news after the contest that he broke Istabraq's track record that it was franked as a real special display and many firms were quick to introduce him to the higher echelons of the 2015 Champion Hurdle market and who's to discount his chance at next year's Championship event.

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