//Frost and Lavelle bring Cheltenham house down

Frost and Lavelle bring Cheltenham house down

Day three at the Cheltenham Festival produced one of the most memorable moments in the history of this great fixture when Bryony Frost, on board the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon (9/2), became the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 race at the Mecca of National Hunt racing.

Then, half an hour later, trainer Emma Lavelle sent out the heavily backed favourite Paisley Park (11/8f) to win a pulsating renewal of the Grade 1 Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle.

Always prominent in a high-quality renewal of the Ryanair Chase, Frodon looked beaten as Venetia Williams’ 33/1 shot Aso forged into the lead at the final fence.

But, with history beckoning, Frodon and Frost conjured up a herculean effort to regain the lead, eventually scoring by a length-and-a-quarter before receiving one of the most enthusiastic receptions for any Cheltenham winner in recent years.

There were three cheers as well for Paisley Park as the Aidan Coleman-ridden hot favourite surged through from off the pace to lead at the last in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

A blunder there momentarily looked as though it might cost him the race, but the Andrew Gemmell-owned gelding soon recovered and stayed on powerfully to deny the revitalized Sam Spinner (33/1) by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Former champion hurdler Faugheen (4/1) ran a marvelous race to hold on for third.

Capping a great day for the ladies, Lizzie Kelly rode a winner at the Cheltenham Festival for the second successive year when she made all on the Nick Williams-trained 9/2 shot Sirrah Du Lac in the Grade 3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase.

The day started with a stirring battle for the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase, in which old rivals Defi Du Seuil (3/1f) and Lostintranslation (4/1) met for the third time this season. On this occasion it was the Barry Geraghty-ridden Defi Du Seuil, trained by Philip Hobbs, who prevailed by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

Geraghty was back in the winners’ enclosure 40 minutes later, in the same JP McManus silks, when the heavily punted 4/1 favourite Sire Du Berlais powered up the hill to peg back rank outsider Tobefair (40/1) in the Grade 3 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle.

Later in the day, Willie Mullins saddled a lon- priced 1-2 in the Grade 2 Tattersalls Mares’ Novice Hurdle when Eglantine Du Seuil (50/1) just edged out stable companion Concertista (66/1) by a short-head, while the concluding Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase went to the Ted Walsh-trained Any Second Now (6/1), ridden by top Irish amateur rider Derek O’Connor.

2019-03-14T17:52:40+00:00 March 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |