A spectacular meeting for Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins accompanied by some tremendous displays at championship level made for a memorable Cheltenham Festival last week.

Following on from the 2017 Festival where horses from Ireland enjoyed 19 victories, hopes were high of another excellent meeting for horses from these shores and they duly delivered 17 victories. However, the dynamic of the Irish challenge at Cheltenham has changed completely over the last decade and events at Prestbury Park illustrated that to a striking extent as the hopes of the raiders rested in the hands of just a few – Elliott and Mullins were responsible for 15 winners between them.