The first ride of the week from the Cheltenham Festival that we want to discuss comes from the first day at Prestbury Park and the last race of the day in the National Hunt Chase.
This 18 runner contest saw only four horses finish with third placed Jerrysback rider Declan Lavery involved in the ongoing debate on BHA bans, where he picked up a 10 day ban for not pulling up the horse.
Anyway, the ride that we want to celebrate was the eventual winner of the 3 mile 7 1/2f contest in Le Breuil for trainer Ben Pauling under one of the rides of the 2019 festival by amateur rider Jamie Codd.
The Codfather although an amateur has been in the sport for a long time and has now nine festival winners to his name, but what he proved this week is that he can mix it with the best.
Codd was in a lot of trouble when jumping the last in the Grade 2 contest with the second placed Discorama jumping the final fence just in front of him and looking like he was going to stay on up the hill just hat bit better.
However, the opposite happened and Codd battled back really strong on the rail to just get Le Breuil up for the win and it was just a masterclass in how to race a horse.
Credit - Racing TV