Ravenhill holds off Lord Du Mesnil to win the National Hunt Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival


Jamie Codd celebrates hat-trick in the National Hunt Challenge Cup after Ravenhill comes through gruelling test to hold off Lord Du Mesnil

  • Lord Du Mesni set the early pace with long-term rival rival Springfield Fox
  • Codd rode a waiting race before taking the lead after jumping the final fence  
  • Carefully Selected parted company with Patrick Mullins at the final obstacle

Jamie Codd saluted the crowd after claiming a third win in the National Hunt Challenge Cup aboard the Gordon Elliott-trained Ravenhill.

Previously successful in the race aboard Cause Of Causes (2015) and Le Breuil (2019), Codd rode a waiting race on this occasion before allowing his mount to join the pacesetting Lord Du Mesnil for the lead.

There was little to choose between the pair jumping the final obstacle, but 12-1 shot Ravenhill had that bit more in the locker and was well on top at the finish, scoring by a shade over two lengths.

Jockey Jamie Codd celebrates victory in the National Hunt Challenge Cup aboard Ravenhill

Elliott said: ‘It’s brilliant – Jamie gave him a great ride. I was worried about him staying, so we said we’d hunt away. I’m very lucky to have Jamie riding for me – he’s a star.

‘He travelled brilliantly and I’m absolutely thrilled to have a winner after hitting the crossbar a couple of times.

‘He’ll go straight to the Irish Grand National now.’

Red-hot favourite Carefully Selected never threatened to land a telling blow and was booked for minor honours at best when parting company with Patrick Mullins at the final fence.

 



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