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Cheltenham Festival Day 4: Stellar Story pips The Jukebox Man on the line to win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

Sam Ewing rode Stellar Story to victory in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle to earn his first Cheltenham Festival win. 

Harry Redknapp came agonisingly close to earring his second win but his horse was pipped on the line as The Jukebox Man came home in second. 

Dancing City ridden by Danny Mullins took the final spot in third. 

Winning jockey Sam Ewing, speaking to ITV Sport: “It was absolutely brilliant, he’s a horse who jumps very well and loved that ground today.

“The way the week was going you think it is never going to happen.

“I couldn’t wait to go home, it is unbelievable. Fair play to the horse, he stuck his head out to the line and tried all the way.

“Fair play to the horse, he stuck his head out and won it on the line.”

In the second race of today, Absurde burst past L’eau Du Sud to win the County Handicap Hurdle for Willie Mullins on Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jockey Paul Townend rode the victory, overtaking favourite, and Dan Skelton horse, L’eau Du Sud to claim Mullins’ 102nd festival win.

L’eau Du Sud crossed the line in second, with Pied Piper riding home to come third.

Townend told ITV Sport: “What a horse to travel the world, come back and put a performance on like that.

“I wanted to get in a good position and I knew I had the pace on them all.”

In today’s opening race, Majborough won the 13:10 Triumph Hurdle ridden by Mark Walsh! This was Willie Mullins first winner since Style Wednesday, making it 101 for the trainer.

This was another victory for the Irish, leaving the scores at Great Britain 8 – 13 Ireland.

Salver was leading until just two hurdles to go but Majborough and Kargese stormed ahead to battle it out in the finishing straight.

Punters who selected Marjborough will likely be happy with the 6/1 winner.

Winning jockey Mark Walsh, speaking to ITV Sport: “He’s not your typical juvenile hurdler – he’s a big chaser, so strong.

“He was a good enough calibre, he was happy sitting and leaving as long as he could.

“Kargese was something to aim at, I was delighted.”

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