CORK jockey Noel Fehily claimed the Champion Chase aboard the Henry De Bromhead trained Special Tiara in glorious sunshine at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday.
Douvan was a long odds-on favourite for the two-mile chasing crown but jumped pooly before his challenge petered out in the closing stages.
It has been an extraordinary 24 hours for 41-year-old Fehily, from Coppeen in west Cork, who won the Champion Hurdle aboard Buveur D’air on Tuesday.
Fehily said: “To win the two big races on consecutative days is magical. All the credit goes to Henry De Bromhead and his team as the horse cherry ripe on the day. I knew we were travelling well down the back straight. He pinged the fences and I had a little look and couldn’t see Douvan.
“Coming to the last I knew there were a number of horses coming but my horse wasn’t going to be denied. He has always been a fantastic jumper and got into a beautiful rhythm. This game is all about getting on good horses and thankfully I’ve a lovely book of rides this week.”
Elsewhere on the card Youghal's Davy Russell suffered an agonising defeat aboard Whisper in a dramatic conclusion to the RSA Chase. The winner Might Bite drifted badly on the run in but jockey Nico De Bonville managed to gather his mount as Russell was denied by the minimum in a photo finish.
Gordon Elliot is enjoying an incredible meeting with Cause of Causes and Fayonagh taking his tally for the week to five winners. Cause Of Causes was always stalking the leaders and Irelands leading point to point rider Jamie Codd powered up the Cheltenham hill. Remarkably, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh are still without a winner on another eventful day at the Cotswolds.