It will clearly not have escaped the attention of any Irish sports gambling fans with an interest in gambling on horse racing that yesterday saw the start of the Cheltenham Festival. For many Irish horse race gambling enthusiasts their trip to Cheltenham is the highlight of the year, as it is normally for most of the bookmakers. Yesterday however was not a normal day and had it not been for a stumble from Annie Power at the last fence of the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle when leading comfortably the bookmakers were reported to have been facing losses approaching £ 50 million on the first day. As it was Willie Mullins’ first three horses, all of them starting as favourites duly came home winners setting up a possible accumulator for a host of horse race gambling fans at the track. The bookmakers must have had their heads in their hands as the fourth of the Mullins trained favourites headed for the line well in front. Even then Glens Melody also trained by Mullins went on to take the race in a photo finish. Never before has one stable trained all four grade one winners on the first day of Cheltenham. Sports gambling fans will know that gambling on horse racing is never easy, particularly when hurdles and fences are involved, and even the biggest odds on favourites can come a cropper. Yesterday however the results went the way of the punters, so we can expect some big money to be placed on today’s racing by the horse race gambling enthusiasts at the course. Many of course will be tempted to follow the Mullins stable again and there are some well fancied runners in the frame.