NICO DE BOINVILLE gave Nicky Henderson the perfect start to the Festival with victory on Shishkin in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Shiskin (pictured) and Abacadabras gave the meeting an exciting opening with a battle to the line, with the judge confirming that Henderson’s horse had claimed victory by a head.
Put The Kettle On, ridden by Aidan Coleman and trained by Henry de Bromhead, won the Arkle ahead of Joseph O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies.
Coleman said: ‘The whole way I was having some craic and then from turning in I would be sick if she got beat. She’s a good mare. If she got beat she would have been very unlucky.’