RECAP: 2021 Cheltenham Festival kicks off in style

10 March 2020; Epatante, with Barry Geraghty up, celebrates on their way to winning the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Day One of the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

THE 2021 Cheltenham Festival kicked off yesterday behind closed doors for the first ever time.

There was plenty of shocks on the day as history was made.

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Recap it all below.

Pre race favourite Appreciate it kicked off the day in style under Paul Towned for Willie Mullins as they streaked clear of Ballyadam in second in the 13.20.

Following in those footsteps, Shiskin lived up to his favorite tag in the 1.50 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase finishing ahead Eldorado and Captain Guinness of under Nico de Boinville.

In his fifth time in the Ultima Handicap Chase Vintage Clouds at the age of 11 finally came away with victory under Ryan Mania.

Rachel Blackmore made history in the Champions Hurdle as she became the first woman to win the race as she raced home under Honeysuckle for their 11th consecutive win.

11/1 Black Tears upset the odds to take the 15.40 Mares Hurdle for Jack Kennedy.

The Boodles Juvenile Hurdle conjured up one of the biggest shocks in the history of the festival as 80/1 Jeff Kidder prevailed.

Jack Kennedy had his second winner of the day under Galvin in the day’s final race.

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