The 16-to-1 chance Espoir D’Allen has won the feature race of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival – the Champion Hurdle.
The Gavin Cromwell-trained horse romped home under Kildare jockey Mark Walsh, with the Willie Mullins trained Melon 15-lengths in second, with Silver Streak third at 80-to-1.
Buveur d’Air – the Champion Hurdle winner in each of the last two years – fell at the sixth from home.
It was an eighth win in the race for the ultra successful owner JP McManus at his favourite stomping ground.
What a performance from these two 👏 pic.twitter.com/NlPLK8VOQA
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 12, 2019