Frodon and Paisley Park triumph on historic day at Cheltenham

Bryony Frost made Cheltenham Festival history atop Frodon, while Paisley Park also claimed a popular triumph on Thursday.

Frost became the first female jockey to win a Grade One race over the fences at the meeting with a fine victory on the 9-2 shot in the Ryanair Chase.

But while Frost was given a standing ovation by the crowd at Cheltenham, she was determined to deflect praise onto the horse.

"He's got his day. He's Pegasus. He has got wings," Frost told ITV Sport of Frodon. "He travelled, by God he jumped.

"He is the most incredible battler. That minute he got overtaken, most horses would quit. But he grabbed me by the hands and said, 'don't you dare give up, I want this more than you, now come on, where are you?'

"He's perfection. Look at what he's done there and tell me he doesn't love racing. He's unbelievable. I love you, mate."

Wednesday's theme of favourites triumphing otherwise continued, with the 11-8 Paisley Park - owned by blind sports fanatic Andrew Gemmell - victorious in the Stayers' Hurdle.

Paisley Park continued his perfect record this season with a fine late rally despite a stumble at the final hurdle.

A delighted Gemmell said: "It's fantastic. This is a real dream trip. This is amazing.

"Oh, I was nervous. I just can't believe it's happened. I hope this is the first of many. We'll keep coming back."

Jockey Aidan Coleman added: "I couldn't see him getting beat but I haven't really had these winners at these festivals. So I was like, 'calm down, Aiden, enjoy your day'."

Defi Du Seuil won the Novices' Chase in the first race of the day, while Sire Du Berlais triumphed in the Pertemps Final.

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