While that five-year-old finished 13th, 50/1 chance Eglantine Du Seuil battled hard to pip 66/1 stablemate Concertista by a short-head with the Gordon Elliott-trained 40/1 chance Tintangle taking third to produce a monstrous £73,711.25 payout on the Tricast.
"It was a fantastic performance by her jockey Noel Fehily". We had him entered at Leopardstown at Christmas and the ground was just too firm and I knew that I would get ground at Tramore.
Altior wins Queen Mother Champion Chase
As for the jockeys, Nico de Boinville led them home with three wins.
"We've got a very long way to go (Champion Hurdle) as that was only the second hurdle run of his life". Maybe the horse just isn't good enough. I could see her coming round the outside, full of horse the whole time. "She almost came in for a flu vaccination when we had to give it to all the horses, just in case she missed out". "She's run a great race". I have sort of counted my blessings there and not focused on the Gold Cup, I haven't let it burrow into my mind.More news: Children, Foreigners Among Those Killed In Attacks On Christchurch Mosques
Al Boum Photo took it up two fences from home with a slightly hairy jump, but was full of running coming down from the last and came home two and a half lengths clear of 22-1 chance Anibale Fly, who went one better than a year ago.
"I actually got in a handsome rhythm everywhere". "I have probably been thinking about it for a couple of weeks". I have spoken to my agent Chris Broad, who had been brilliant, and my wife and kids.More news: Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to '38 Years in Prison, 148 Lashes'
The Leader hit the bookies on Ladies Day on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday tipping the last FOUR winners on the card returning a 41-1 accumulator - with each way selections also placed!
Elliott will unleash a stellar squad at Prestbury Park on Wednesday and he will saddle Delta Work in the RSA Chase, but last season's Pertemps Final hero will face a lively rival in the shape of Santini, who is looking to show his best form at 2:10pm, but will need to show he is 100% after picking up a slight niggle in the lead-up to the festival.More news: Phil Mickelson reveals he used college counselor tied to bribe scandal
His remaining two victories came on Unowhatimeanharry to win the 2016 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, and on Summerville Boy in last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle.