Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins lift the Champion Hurdle Challenge trophy. Source: David Davies
CheltenhamRuby Walsh and Willie Mullins dominated Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival as they combined to claim three races, including the feature, this afternoon.Walsh rode Faugheen (4-5f) to the Champion Hurdle with Arctic Fire (20-1) runner-up and Hurrican Fly (8-1) finishing third in a 1-2-3 for Mullins. AP McCoy was fourth on Jezki on his final appearance in the Champion Hurdle.Walsh and Mullins also earned victory in the Novice’s Hurdle with Douvan (2-1f) and the Arkle Chase with Un De Sceauz (4-6f).However, a fall at the last on Annie Power (1-2f) saw Glens Melody (6-1) and Paul Townsend take the Mares’ Hurdle.Home
Seddon Park, where Ireland played India. Source: John Cowpland/www.photosport.co.nz
Click Here: Toni Kroos Jersey Sale Ireland’s cricketers suffered their second defeat of the World Cup, losing by eight wickets to India in Hamilton, New Zealand. Jonathan Sexton participated fully in training at Carton House today and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt believes he will be ready for his weekend’s trip to Cardiff.Dublin could have a big name back for Saturday’s Allianz Football League meeting with Mayo as St Vincent’s forward Diarmuid Connolly is in contention to feature.We spoke to Ireland’s Shane Lowry ahead of his Masters debut in Augusta next month.AwayThere are two Champions League round of 16 second legs being played tonight with Real Madrid hosting Schalke and Basel away to Porto.Warren Gatland has named an unchanged team for this weekend’s Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.Police are investigating an alleged racist messaged sent to Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck after he scored in last night’s FA Cup win over Manchester United.The best thing we shared today
Jennifer Malone, from Clane in Kildare, had a day to remember meeting the Ireland players at Carton House.
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Where we were today
Steve O’Rourke was out meeting Offaly golfer Shane Lowry at the launch of the new Simply Golf app.
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The fixture listThere are two more Champions League knockout games as Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge and Bayern Munich are at home to Shakhtar Donetsk. Fitzgibbon Cup final replay – UL v WIT, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7.30pm.
EirGrid U21FC Munster quarter-finals – Limerick v Cork, Gaelic Grounds, 7.30pm, Clare v Waterford, Milltown Malbay, 7.30pm.Connacht quarter-final – Mayo v Leitrim, Elverys MacHale Park, 7.30pm.Ulster preliminary round – Derry v Down, Celtic Park, 8pm.Showbiz, baby!
The cover of this month’s Golf Digest features Rory McIlory… as Michelangelo’s David: