Cheltenham Festival: Day Three Recap

Martin Green

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:48 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 7:48 PM UTC

We look back over developments on day three at the Cheltenham Festival, which saw all manner of drama, intrigue and tear-jerking moments.

<p>Bryony Frost made history today as she became the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 jumps race at the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival">Cheltenham Festival</a>. She piloted 9/2 shot Frodon to victory in the Ryanair Chase, sparking scenes of joy from trainer Paul Nicholls. The 23-year-old has already been dubbed “the new Frankie Detorri” and she showed just why with a superb performance aboard Frodon. Lizzie Kelly went on to ride Siruh Du Lac to victory in the Grade 3 Stable Plate Handicap to cap a fine day for female jockeys.</p><p>The big winner on the day was Paisley Park, who seized glory in the Stayers’ Hurdle. It completed a fairy-tale story for owner Andrew Gemmell, who was born blind but listened on as his pride and joy romped to a famous victory. “It’s fantastic,” he said. This is a real dream trip. It’s amazing. I hope it’s the first of many. We’ll keep coming back.” Sam Spinner finished second, while the legendary Faugheen – who was backed all the way in from 10/1 to 4/1 – was third.</p><p>It was another great day for the favourites, as Defi Du Seuil prevailed in the JLT Novices’ Chase and Sire Du Berlais won the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle. Paisley Park went off as the 11/8 favourite, ensuring that three out of seven landed. But there was a real surprise in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle as Eglantine Du Seuil defied odds of 50/1 to storm to victory for Noel Fehily and Willie Mullins and</p><p>Fehily is about to retire and the 43-year-old Irishman said the victory provided him with “the perfect ending” to a glorious career. “It’s a young man's game, you can't go on for ever,” he said. “I will be 44 this year, I’ve had a great time, loved every minute of it and I’ll miss it like hell.”</p><h2>Related articles:</h2><ul> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide">Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham day two recap">Cheltenham Festival Day Two Recap</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Day One Recap: Willie Mullins Leads The Way">Cheltenham Day One Recap</a></strong></li></ul>
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