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Festival fever: Ulster trainer Neil Mulholland and jockey Barry Geraghty with The Druids Nephew after yesterday’s triumph

Festival fever: Ulster trainer Neil Mulholland and jockey Barry Geraghty with The Druids Nephew after yesterday’s triumph

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Festival fever: Ulster trainer Neil Mulholland and jockey Barry Geraghty with The Druids Nephew after yesterday’s triumph

Newry owner/breeder Fiona McStay was rewarded for the decision to keep Glens Melody - yesterday's OLBG Mares Hurdle winner - in training rather than retire her to stud at the end of last season.

That was the intended plan prior to the local mare finishing runner-up to stable companion Quevega - both trained by Willie Mullins - in the Grade One race last year.

The brilliant Quevega was winning the race for the sixth successive time and after a discussion with the Irish champion trainer, Fiona - leading breeder at the regional awards for the past three years - decided to go racing for another season.

The complexion of the contest changed dramatically at the final flight when hot favourite Annie Power fell, having appeared set for victory, the race then becoming a three-way battle to the line with the Closutton-trained number two gamely keeping on best to claim the biggest prize of her career which brings her tally to 12 wins and in excess of £250,000 in prize money.

Polly Peachum and Bitofapuzzle were second and third.

Fiona said: "It's the greatest day's racing ever and thankfully Annie Power is okay after her fall.

"That's the second Grade One she's won and Paul Townend also rode her that day.

"To retire now on the back of a Cheltenham win is what you dream of - it doesn't get any better than that.

"However, she'll finish the season out. I have a lovely full-sister to Glens Melody, a three-year-old which will be going to Willie (Mullins) in time and the last foal of the dam, a yearling, at home."

There were other celebrations in Newry earlier on when the Collins family, who bred The Druids Nephew - trained by former County Antrim rider Neil Mulholland - watched as the eight-year-old won the Grade Three Handicap Chase.

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A giant screen can be seen as Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre, on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Zara Tindall poses for a selfie with racegoers on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Darna ridden by David Bass (left) on his way to winning the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate ahead of third placed Rawnaq ridden by Andrew Lynch (right), on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Darna ridden by David Bass (left) on his way to winning the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate ahead of third placed Rawnaq ridden by Andrew Lynch (right), on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Jockey Gavin Sheehan (right) celebrates winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with Cole Harden alongside trainer Warren Greatrex (left), on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Cole Harden ridden by Gavin Sheehan jumps the last fence on the way to winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre alongside trainer Alan King (far right) and other connections, on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  Darna ridden by David Bass wins the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate during St Patrick's Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Darna ridden by David Bass wins the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate during St Patrick's Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  A general view as runners race up the straight at Cheltenham racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: A general view as runners race up the straight at Cheltenham racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  Gavin Sheehan on Cole Harden celebrates after winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle during St Patrick's Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Gavin Sheehan on Cole Harden celebrates after winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle during St Patrick's Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  Tony McCoy riding Uxizandre (R) win The Ryanair Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Tony McCoy riding Uxizandre (R) win The Ryanair Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  Tony McCoy on Uxizandre con his way to victory in the Ryanair Steeplechase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Tony McCoy on Uxizandre con his way to victory in the Ryanair Steeplechase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Davy Russell riding Windsor Park celebrate winning The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Davy Russell riding Windsor Park celebrate winning The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Bryan Cooper (L) riding Don Poli powers his way to victory along the mainstand during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Bryan Cooper (L) riding Don Poli powers his way to victory along the mainstand during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Davy Russell  (L) celebrates victory riding Windsor Park  in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle race during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Davy Russell (L) celebrates victory riding Windsor Park in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle race during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Dodging Bullets ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies passes in front of the grandstand ahead of Somersby ridden by Brian Hughes to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Dodging Bullets ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies passes in front of the grandstand ahead of Somersby ridden by Brian Hughes to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Dodging Bullets ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies clears the last fence ahead of Somersby ridden by Brian Hughes to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Dodging Bullets ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies clears the last fence ahead of Somersby ridden by Brian Hughes to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Qualando ridden by Nick Scholfield clears the last fence on their way to victory in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle during Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Qualando ridden by Nick Scholfield clears the last fence on their way to victory in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle during Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Nick Schofield (L) riding Qualando claims victory from Noel Fehily (R) riding Bouvreuil in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Nick Schofield (L) riding Qualando claims victory from Noel Fehily (R) riding Bouvreuil in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Jockey AP McCoy watches horses being paraded in the paddock on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Thousands of racing enthusiasts are expected at the four-day festival which opened yesterday.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Jockey AP McCoy watches horses being paraded in the paddock on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Thousands of racing enthusiasts are expected at the four-day festival which opened yesterday. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Racegoers congratulate Windsor Park ridden by Davy Russell after he won the first race on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Thousands of racing enthusiasts are expected at the four-day festival which opened yesterday.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Racegoers congratulate Windsor Park ridden by Davy Russell after he won the first race on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Thousands of racing enthusiasts are expected at the four-day festival which opened yesterday. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Tom Scudamore  riding Moon Racer celebrates winning the Weatherby's Champion Bumper Open Natuonal Hunt  Flat Race during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Tom Scudamore riding Moon Racer celebrates winning the Weatherby's Champion Bumper Open Natuonal Hunt Flat Race during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Jockey Nico de Boinville is a faller from Rolling Star during the Coral Cup on Ladies Day on Ladies Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 11, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies celebrates with breeder Frankie Dettori (second right) after Dodging Bullets wins the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Ladies Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 11, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Winning owner Michael O'Leary and his wife Anita Farrell celebrate in the winners enclosure after Rivage D'Or wins the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase on Ladies Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 11, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Winning owner Michael O'Leary (left) and jockey Davy Russell celebrate in the winners enclosure after Rivage D'Or wins the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase on Ladies Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 11, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Qualando ridden by Nick Scholfield (left) jumps clear to go on to win the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on Ladies Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 11, 2015. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Picture credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps on the way to winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, on Champion Day

Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps on the way to winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, on Champion Day

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Ruby Walsh celebrates on board Douvan after winning The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race during Day One of the Cheltenham Festival

Ruby Walsh celebrates on board Douvan after winning The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race during Day One of the Cheltenham Festival

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Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh jump the last on their way to victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle on Champion Day

Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh jump the last on their way to victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle on Champion Day

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Ruby Walsh riding Douvan win The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse

Ruby Walsh riding Douvan win The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Ruby Walsh riding Un De Sceaux (2L) on their way to winning The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Ruby Walsh riding Un De Sceaux (2L) on their way to winning The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10:  Racegoers place their bets ahead of the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham Racecourse on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Thousands of racing enthusiasts are expected at the four-day festival which opened today.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10:  The field take a flight in the home straight during The Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Steeple Chase during Day One of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: The field take a flight in the home straight during The Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Steeple Chase during Day One of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10:  Richard Johnson (R) riding Lamb or Cod and Tom Cannon (C) riding According to Trev clear a fence during the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Steeplechase on day one at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Richard Johnson (R) riding Lamb or Cod and Tom Cannon (C) riding According to Trev clear a fence during the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Steeplechase on day one at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10:  Ruby Walsh riding Faugheen wins The Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Ruby Walsh riding Faugheen wins The Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham racecourse on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015
OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle 
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2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015
OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015
OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015
OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015
OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle Ruby Walsh and Annie Power fall at the final hurdle Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015
OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Paul Townend celebrates on Glens Melody with winning trainer Willie Mullins 
Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

2015 Cheltenham Festival, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England 10/3/2015 OLBG Mares' Hurdle Paul Townend celebrates on Glens Melody with winning trainer Willie Mullins Mandatory Credit ?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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The Collins family were landing their third Cheltenham Festival winner having also bred Salsify, triumphant in the Foxhunters in 2012 and 2013.

All-Ireland champion point to point rider Jamie Codd supplied leading Irish jumps owner JP McManus with a birthday winner - he registered his first Festival success in 1982 with Mister Donovan - when the Gordon Elliott-trained former Downpatrick winner Cause Of Causes threaded his way through from the rear of the field to land the four mile marathon for amateurs.

McManus had last won this race in 2007 with Butler's Cabin.

Ballyclare trainer Ben Arthey was another local recording a winner yesterday, travelling to Sedgefield where Jennys Melody - with Ulster jockey Peter Buchanan aboard - made the running to claim the Mares Novice Hurdle.

Arthey said: "We will look for a listed race.

"That was my fifth winner over here this season," he added.

Belfast Telegraph