Vautour, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, won the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the opening race of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.
The Willie Mullins-trained 7/2 joint favourite dictated terms to suit himself and quickened away on the home turn.
Gary Moore is confident a return to Cheltenham will not be a problem for Sire De Grugy as he looks to justify favouritism in the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday.
With Nicky Henderson's reigning champion Sprinter Sacre the biggest absentee from this year's entire Festival after suffering a heart condition earlier this season, the two-mile chasing division has gone from being a one-horse show to a wide-open affair.
For a short time last night, I fooled myself that I quite simply didn't fancy anything strongly and would focus my attention on Sedgefield today. Thankfully, I came to my senses and for better or for worse, we've gone full tilt today with a Cheltenham betting bonanza in the Tips Den. Here goes nothing...
My thoughts for day one of the Cheltenham festival can be found elsewhere and I’m going to Southwell for today’s sole bet where the 13-runner 6f handicap at 3.45 provides a good opportunity. Recent Evidence suggests that the winner will come from a high draw. Since Valentine’s Day 2012 the big-field 6f handicap winners at Southwell have been drawn as follows...
Each day of the festival, GG.COM will be joined by some of the industry’s finest brainpower to bring punters the best information, selections and opinions. Its Champion Hurdle Day and our panelists are answering the key questions below as to what will happen on Day 1 of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival!