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Horse Racing

Kelly revels in Cheltenham success

13th March 2018, 16:40 by James Mason

Lizzie Kelly says she is feeling on top of the world after breaking her Cheltenham duck on day one of the Festival.

Kelly, on board favourite Coo Star Sivola, won the Handicap Chase after hanging on in the closing stages to beat Shantou Flyer by a head, breaking her duck at Prestbury Park in the process.

The British jockey, who became the first female rider to win a Grade One race in Britain in the 2015 Kauto Star Novices' Chase, expressed her delight at claiming the prestigious win.

Speaking to ITV Racing, she said: "After last year, I made my peace with never being a Cheltenham winner. And now this. I can't believe it."

Kelly also recalled the events of the race to the 5 live commentary team, adding: "I feel I have been walking very slowly through an incredibly busy world. Aidan Coleman told me just to take my time and relish the feeling.

"I have gone to the front too soon before and been caught on that horse before, but when I made that decision to go, I had to go for it. I couldn't dawdle and dither. That was the race right there."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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