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Monday 21 August 2017

Cheltenham 2015: Ruby Walsh fall at the last saves bookies €200m

Bookies' relief in Power blip as Mullins reigns

Ruby Walsh on Annie Power falls at the last during the 16:00 OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Ruby Walsh on Annie Power falls at the last during the 16:00 OLBG Mares' Hurdle

Annie Power's fall at the last of the OLBG Mares Hurdle may well have saved bookmakers a massive lump sum but it didn't stop Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins saddling a record breaking four Grade One winners on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Mullins saddled Douvan, Un De Sceaux, Faugheen and Glens Melody all to win on a day that Gordon Elliott's Cause Of Causes made it five Irish trained winners from seven races.

As well as four first day winners, Mullins also became the first man to train a 1-2-3 in the Champion Hurdle with Arctic Fire and Hurricane Fly finishing second and third in front of a record Tuesday crowd of 63,249.

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