One of the enduring appeals of sport is its ability to connect the present with the past and Cheltenham served up three moments of history on day one of the great racing festival.
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh teamed up for three winners on what could hardly have been a better start for the travelling Irish. This lifted the Bagenalstown trainer to being the most successful Irish handler of all time at the meeting with 29 wins now to his name.
Star of the day was Hurricane Fly who became the first horse since Comedy of Errors 38 years ago to regain the Champion Hurdle crown.
The third moment of history came when Quevega won for the fifth successive year at the Festival, matching the achievement of the Legendary Arkle from the 1960’s.
This morning on RTE’s Morning Edition, Rob Hartnett from Sport for Business will be onscreen to talk about the magic of this meeting, it’s appeal to the Irish and how having a flutter on the races is not such a daunting prospect.
It might not always be successful as may be borne witness to by the fact that all four of the feature races at the meeting are sponsored by bookmakers but having given two winners and a third from five races yesterday, the Sport for Business shilling will today rest lightly on the shoulders of another Willie Mullins horse, Kalmann in the fifth race.
Others that may run well include HellorBoston in the final race of the day, the bumper, while Sizing Europe will give red hot favourite Sprinter Sacre something to think about at least.