Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Acca Buster! Altior Scuppers Mullins' Min

Punters hoping for an historic accumulator for Willie Mullins on his fancied four on the opening day of Cheltenham Festival were disappointed in the very first race, as Min lost out to Altior.

The winner is quoted at 8-1 with William Hill for next year’s Champion Hurdle.

“We are breathing a sigh of relief with the dreaded Mullins fourfold down in the first leg,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “But there is a long way to go for punters to turn the tables.”

2017 Champion Hurdle: 8-1 Altior (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)