Mayglass jockey Jamie Codd continued his fantastic Cheltenham Festival record when winning for the eighth time in the final race of the day – the National Hunt Chase on Le Breuil (14/1) for English trainer Ben Pauling on the opening day of the 2019 festival.
In a pulsating finish Codd’s mount held on by half a length to deny Paul Nolan’s Enniscorthy stables hopeful Discorama with jockey Barry O’Neill up.
Le Breuil was prominent throughout as plenty of horses bowed out early and only four managing to finish the gruelling four mile trip.
“It was a real war of attrition out there. I was very fortunate to be booked for the ride by Mr Pauling, and I’m delighted to get another Cheltenham winner,” said a delighted Jamie Codd, who added; “I kept Le Breuil wide which seemed to pay off, but he was so tough and just kept going.”
What a finish – two warriors slug it out up the Cheltenham hill as Le Breuil and @CoddJJ deny Discorama in an eventful National Hunt Chase #TheFestival #CheltenhamFestival
Posted by Racing TV on Tuesday, March 12, 2019
A Plus Tard, (5/1 fav.) a five-year-old trained in Waterford by Henry de Bromhead provided jockey Rachael Blackmore with her first ever Cheltenham Festival winner in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Runner-up sixteen lengths adrift was the Joseph O’Brien-trained Tower Bridge ridden by last year’s Irish Grand National winning jockey JJ Slevin from Caim.