Cheltenham Festival 2019: Eglantine Du Seuil causes a 50-1 shock in Mares' Novice Hurdle as Epatante flops

The smart mare stormed home to collar her stablemate, 66-1 shot Concertista in the shadows of the post as hot favourite Epatante bombed out.

The early gallop was frenetic, but it was clear turning into the straight that a shock was on the cards with Epatante (15-8), Posh Trish (3-1) and My Sister Sarah (13-2) all well-held.

Hurdling debutant Concertista looked set to make an astonishing jumping debut under David Mullins.

But Noel Fehily, who announced plans to retire in the coming weeks after the race, conjured a strong late run out of his mount to win a photo finish.

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Mullins said: "I thought this mare (Eglantine Du Seuil) was probably the slowest one I had in the race, but she's a good jumper and I told Noel she'd be staying on best of anything at the finish.

"It was a fantastic performance from Noel. It's great to see him having a winner here (before retiring).

"The other mare (Concertista), having her first run over hurdles, will be back next year, hopefully.

"I couldn't run her this year in the ground."

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