Watch: Rathvinden makes it a 54/1 treble for Willie Mullins after victory in the National Hunt Chase
Willie Mullins saddled his third winner on the opening day of this year's Cheltenham Festival as son Patrick steered Rathvinden to a thrilling victory in the National Hunt Chase.
The 10-year-old was among the market principals at 9-2 and was given a patient ride by Mullins junior, who was bidding for his second victory in the race following the success of Back In Focus five years ago.
The front-running Sizing Tennessee and Ms Parfois led the field into the straight, but Rathvinden was travelling ominously well in their slipstream and moved to the front after the second-last.
Ms Parfois ultimately refused to go down without a fight under Will Biddick, but the Mullins runner won the argument by half a length.
Sizing Tennessee was a long way back in third.
Unbelievable finish! It's a treble on the day for Willie Mullins as Rathvinden digs deep to win the National Hunt Chase @CheltenhamRaces. #TheFestival— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) March 13, 2018
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