There was an Irish winner of the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle today – but it wasn’t the one that most punters were hoping for. Dave Keena reports [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/19653/medium/”] Winning jockey in the Champion Hurdle was Barry Geraghty [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/19656/medium/”] Our Conor has been put down due to the injury sustained in the Champion Hurdle. There was a 6th Cheltenham victory for the out-standing mare “Quevega”, who became the most successful horse in Festival history. The 10-year-old retained the Mares’ Hurdle after leaving it late to beat her stablemate “Glens Melody” by three-quarters of a length. Willie Mullins and Ruby Wash got their festival campaign off to the perfect start when “Vautour” won the opening race, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by six lengths. Walsh was confident of success in the closing stages [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/19657/medium/”] Meanwhile, 33-to-1 outsider “Western Warhorse” won the Arkle Trophy Chase after dramatically upsetting “Champagne Fever” on the line The Baylis and Harding Handicap Chase went to 10-to-1 shot “Holywell” to give veteran trainer Jonjo O’Neill his 23rd winner at Cheltenham. The Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase was won by 8-to-1 shot “Midnight Prayer”. Present View took the closing Novices’ Handicap Chase.