Watch: Farclas far too good in the Triumph for Gordon Elliott as favourite disappoints
Farclas opened his account over jumps with a gritty performance to land the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Second in both his previous starts, the grey gelding made it third time lucky as he gave trainer Gordon Elliott a seventh winner at the meeting and jockey Jack Kennedy a fourth in the ever-familiar colours of Gigginstown House Stud, who have also had a successful time this week.
It's win number 7 at this year's #TheFestival @CheltenhamRaces for Gordon Elliott as Farclas wins the Triumph Hurdle and gains his first success over hurdles.— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) March 16, 2018
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Stormy Ireland made most of the running, but she was under pressure when falling at the final flight, as several horses had every chance.
Farclas (9-1) stuck his head in front and kept up the momentum to hold Mr Adjudicator at bay by a length and three-quarters. The latter's trainer, Willie Mullins, was also responsible for the third, Sayo, who was three and a half lengths away.
Apple's Shakira, the Nicky Henderson-trained 6-5 favourite, was only fourth.
Kennedy said of the winner: "He's been running very well in his last two races and improving all the time. Gordon had him spot on today.
"He (Elliott) has done so well with these horses - it's unreal. He just leaves no stone unturned, his attention to detail is second to none."