Cheltenham Festival: Quevega makes history in OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Quevega made history at the Festival today as she become only the second horse to win the same race five years in a row.
She earned her place among the all-time greats with victory under Ruby Walsh in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle to cap a great day for jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins.
The hugely popular nine-year-old had work to do as the field rounded into home straight with French raider Sirene d'Ainay in front, but she cut through the field to a tremendous cheer from the crowd to score by a length and half.
Mullins said: "Ruby has got a clock in his head and he's got faith in the mare and didn't panic. I'm just so thrilled for the mare."
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In winning for the fifth time, Quevega emualated Golden Miller who won the Gold Cup in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1936.
But Walsh revealed she was nearly brought down at the top of the hill after clipping heels with another horse.
"When she stood back up the rest had gone and I had to sit and suffer down the hill, but she has a tremendous engine," he said.
"She jumped the last and my god did she battle."