Cork jockeys lead the Irish charge at Cheltenham

Cork jockeys lead the Irish charge at Cheltenham
Beaver D'AIR ridden by Noel Fehily wins the Stan James Championship Hurdle

CORK jockeys Noel Fehily and Denis O’Regan delighted Leeside racing fans when they romped home to victories at Cheltenham yesterday.

Copeen’s Noel Fehily celebrated a brilliant victory aboard Buveur D’air in the Champion Hurdle - the feature race on day one of the festival.

Fehily said: “To win a second Champion Hurdle is very special and the Henderson team deserve all the credit. Obviously, Barry Geraghty was supposed to ride the horse but he got injured so my heart goes out to him.

"There is such a build up to the meeting so it’s unreal to land a big one. It’s been a great run and that was my 99th winner for the season. He's just a very good horse. It's just fantastic. It was a great performance.”

Meanwhile, fellow Cork man Denis O’Regan won the finale aboard Tully East which was one of four Irish winners on another dramatic day at the Cotswolds.

O'Regan, from Youghal, edged out fellow Corkonian Jerry McGrath.

Meanwhile, all racing fans in Cork are preparing for a huge showdown tomorrow at the festival.

Un De Sceaux will carry the hopes of local fans in the Ryanair Chase.

Glanmire man Eddie O’Connell’s brilliant chaser is unbeaten this season and will have plenty of Leeside punters scrambling to beat the bookies. The O'Connells are well-known figures on the Leeside business scene and have worked for many years with the charity, St Vincent de Paul.

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