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Cheltenham Festival: Davy Russell enjoys the Windsor Park roar

By Frank Brownlow

When Windsor Park scored in the Neptune it proved costly for Ulster bookies with crowds of local football followers piling the cash on Davy Russell's mount at a tasty 9-2.

And those that kept faith with Russell were rewarded when the Corkman completed a double on former Down Royal runner Rivage D'Or in the Cross Country Chase at a whopping 16-1 - a double of almost 100-1.

After his double, Russell said: "I enjoyed that immensely. The horse was brilliant."

On Windsor Park's success, Russell stated: "He jumped every hurdle really well and I never had any issue with stamina.

"All credit to (trainer) Dermot Weld - he's a master."

It was a great day too for British champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who won the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Dodging Bullets, while Aux Ptits Soins won the Coral Cup and Qualando the Fred Winter.

Willie Mullins is still leading the way for the Irish Independent Dessie Hughes Leading Trainer Award with five wins, with Paul Nicholls next on three.

Ruby Walsh is leading jockey with three wins, from Paul Townend and Sam Twiston-Davies on two.

Racing Post photographer Patrick McCann is recovering in hospital in Bristol after suffering a serious leg fracture in a freak accident during the Cross Country Chase.

On the approach to the second last obstacle, Any Currency jinked left, causing Toutancarmont to jump to his left, and he carried out Quantitativeeasing.

Quantitativeeasing did enough damage to inflict what Turf Club chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick confirmed was "a serious fracture".

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