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Quevega annihilates rivals in finale

Updated: Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 17:14

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins teamed up for the easiest winner of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival
Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins teamed up for the easiest winner of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh got off the mark at the Cheltenham Festival when Quevega ran out a seriously impressive winner of the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle.

Mullins had stated before the meeting that he believed the five-year-old was his best chance of a winner all week - and she did not disappoint.

Walsh oozed confidence and tracked Chomba Womba before moving into contention at the second-last.

Once he pressed the button, the 2-1 favourite scooted clear to leave daylight back to runner-up United, who was thumped by 14 lengths.

Aura About You was third, another short head in arrears.

Mullins said: ‘I don't know what happened at the start - she was last when the tapes went up.

‘Luckily they didn't go a gallop for the first mile.

‘But once Ruby got her into the race, she was fine.

‘I thought she was my best chance of the week but I was surprised by the margin of the win.

‘She's a very good mare - at least she's proved that she's the business.’

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