Half the country was on unbackable favourite Hurricane Fly, but it was Nicholls’ secondary team who rode to the rescue of beleaguered bookies.
Largely discarded in the betting at 11/1, Rock On Ruby came to the rescue of the layers and caused a mountain of accumulators rolling onto 4/6 favourite Hurricane Fly to flutter away by the wayside.
“I missed the last two festivals so this makes it really special,” said Fehily. “The Champion Hurdle is a race you want to win, but you never think it will happen. I hoped Ruby wasn’t stalking me, but I gave him a good kick and I knew it would take a good one to pass him.”