Gordon Elliott enjoyed an opening day success as Ravenhill (12/1), ridden by Jamie Codd, won the National Hunt Chase, beating Lord Du Mesnil (11/2) by two and a quarter lengths. Third-placed Lamanver Pippin (33/1) was 28 lengths further back, while the 10/11 favourite, Carefully Selected, fell at the final fence when looking most unlikely to trouble the first two.

Ravenill gave Jamie Codd a 10th Cheltenham Festival winner when taking the National Hunt Chase.

The winning trainer was full of praise for jockey Codd, stating:

“Jamie gave him a great ride, and just hunted away giving the horse time. He travelled brilliantly. Jamie is a star and ‘’m very lucky to have him riding for me.”

5.30pm National Hunt Chase (Amateur riders) (Grade 2)

1 Ravenhill (Try Ravenhill Syndicate) Gordon Elliott & Mr Jamie Codd 12/1

2 Lord du Mesnil (Paul Porter, Mike & Mandy Smith) Richard Hobson & Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 11/2

3 Lamanver Pippin (Donna Christensen) Colin Tizzard & Mr William Biddick 33/1

14 ran                              10/11 fav Carefully Selected (UR)

Distances: 2¼, 28.

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