Saturday 24 June 2017

Favourite Yanworth upset as Irish jockey rides Buveur D'Air to Champion Hurdle glory

Jockey Noel Fehily on board Buveur D'air celebrates winning the 15:30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy during Champion Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 14, 2017. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse
Jockey Noel Fehily on board Buveur D'air celebrates winning the 15:30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy during Champion Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 14, 2017. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse

Nick Robson

Nicky Henderson became the most successful trainer in the history of the Stan James Champion Hurdle after Buveur D'Air claimed the feature race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Seven Barrows handler has now secured six victories in the two-mile showpiece.

Just for good measure, Henderson also saddled runner-up My Tent Or Yours, who was finishing second in the race for a third time.

Jockey Noel Fehily said of the 5-1 winner: "Early on I felt I was doing too much and I thought it took me a while to get him switched off.

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"He's just a very good horse. It's just fantastic. It was a great performance."

The first two horses home are owned by JP McManus, with four and a half lengths the winning distance. Petit Mouchoir was third after cutting out much of the running.

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