The opening race of the Cheltenham Festival has been won by a horse owned by an Achill man.
 
Appreciate It has won the Supreme Novices Hurdle in some style at Cheltenham, to make it a winning start to the 2021 festival for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.
 
The Dublin Racing Festival winner went off a 5/6 favourite, and lived up to that tag in some style bolting home to win by a staggering 24 lengths.
 
The horse is owned by Michael Masterston a native of Achill Island who runs a construction business in the UK.
 
Masterson’s other big hope this week is Kilcruit, who heads the betting for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper following a brilliant display at Leopardstown’s Dublin Racing Festival last month.
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