Bryony Frost made a piece of Cheltenham Festival history on Thursday as she steered Frodon to a gallant win in the Ryanair Chase.

Frost and Frodon made the running but were asked a big question late on when outsider Aso and the well-backed Road To Respect came to challenge.

The eventual winner was headed at the last but Frodon refused to bow down and stormed up the hill for a famous success.

Frost became the first woman to ride a Grade 1 winner over jumps at the Cheltenham Festival and was understandably elated afterwards.

“My god, he jumps and just at that minute when he got overtaken, most horses would quit, but he grabbed me by the hands and said, ‘don’t you dare give up, don’t you dare not send me into the last – I want this more than you, now come on, where are you’,” the 23-year-old told ITV.

“Just look at what he’s done there – deny that he just loves racing. He’s unbelievable. He just made the dream come true, it’s just incredible.”

It wasn’t the only fairytale on a thrilling afternoon as Paisley Park justified strong market support to land the Stayers’ Hurdle for trainer Emma Lavelle and Aidan Coleman, with owner Andrew Gemmell in attendance.

Blind since birth, Gemmell has been one of the key narratives in the lead-up to the Festival and, despite having plenty to do in the home straight, Paisley Park didn’t let him down after a strong’ performance to win well from Sam Spinner and veteran Faugheen.

After his emphatic win, Paisley Park is 4/1 to return and land another Stayers’ crown in 2020.

It was another strong day for punters, kicked off by the Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil, who was perfectly delivered by Barry Geraghty to win the JLT Novices’ Chase from old rival Lostintranslation.

Geraghty quickly doubled his tally when the well-backed Sire Du Berlais powered home to deny Tobefair and win the Pertemps Final, a second winner of the day for owner JP McManus.

Lizzie Kelly ensured it was quite an after for the girls as she made most of the running on board the Nick Williams runner Siruh Du Lac, who upheld course form with favourite Janika for a slender success in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Handicap Chase.

The big shock of the day came in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. Nicky Henderson’s unbeaten Epatante was never able to get involved in the finish as Noel Fehily flew home on Eglantine Du Seuil to pip Concertista – both trained by Willie Mullins, who continued his domination of the race with a fourth win.

The winner was a stunning 50/1 and Fehily announced his intention to retire from the saddle this season afterwards.

The closing race went the way of Any Second Now for trainer Ted Walsh, with Derek O’Conner on board for a gutsy Kim Muir success that denied Kilfilum Cross in second spot.

After three days, the McManus pair of Geraghty and Mark Walsh have two wins each and are joint-favourites at 7/4 to be crowned leading rider at the Festival on Friday.

Odds subject to change.