Monday 21 May 2018

Watch: Rathvinden makes it a 54/1 treble for Willie Mullins after victory in the National Hunt Chase

Rathvinden, left, with Patrick Mullins up, leads Ms Parfois, with William Biddick up, on their way to winning the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup on Day One of the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Rathvinden, left, with Patrick Mullins up, leads Ms Parfois, with William Biddick up, on their way to winning the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup on Day One of the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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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.

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