(CNN)The words poured out in emotional fashion as Bryony Frost became the first female jockey to win a top-flight race on an inspirational day at the Cheltenham Festival.
The 23-year-old Frost was roared home by an ecstatic crowd to win the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase onboard the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon to secure her place in the record books. The pair’s stunning triumph sparked a remarkable hour of racing which also yielded victory for blind owner Andrew Gemmell’s Paisley Park and saw Lizzie Kelly clinch a double for female jockeys.”He’s Pegasus! He’s got wings,” said an overjoyed Frost to ITV Racing at the finish line.”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?’Read More”Just look at what he’s done there – deny that he just loves racing. He’s unbelievable. I love you.”Frost added: “He just made the dream come true, it’s just incredible. He will deserve every single high five, pat and carrot.” READ: A day in the life of Paul Nicholls’ racing yard Photos: Cheltenham 2019Bryony Frost made history when she partnered Frodon to win and become the first female jockey to clinch a Grade 1 at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival.Hide Caption 1 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019The pair’s victory sparked emotional scenes as they returned to the winner’s enclosure in front of packed stands. Hide Caption 2 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Owner Andrew Gemmell, who was born blind, celebrates with trainer Emma Lavelle (left) as his horse Paisley Park wins the feature Stayers Hurdle on St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham.Hide Caption 3 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Tennis star Andy Murray and his wife Kim Murray watch the opening race on Ladies Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, the showpiece of jump racing.Hide Caption 4 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019The Princess Royal (center) and Zara Tindall (right) watch the action during Ladies Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.Hide Caption 5 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Ladies Day brings out the finery to light up Cheltenham’s Prestbury Park racecourse. Hide Caption 6 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019The Cheltenham Festival attracts huge crowds to jump racing’s blue riband event in the Cotswolds region of England. Hide Caption 7 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Altor (center), ridden by Nico de Boinville, made it 18 straight wins with victory in the feature race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, on Ladies’ Day Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival. Hide Caption 8 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Jockey Mark Walsh rode Espoir D’Allen to win the feature Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the 2019 Festival.Hide Caption 9 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019The Champion Hurdle is one of the big four races at the Festival. Hide Caption 10 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Walsh was presented with the winning trophy by actress and model Liz Hurley at Cheltenham.Hide Caption 11 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (left) was in attendance on day one. The Scot is a part owner of Gold Cup joint-favorite Clan Des Obeaux. Hide Caption 12 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Rain at the start of the week made for a muddy racecourse.Hide Caption 13 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019The Festival features four days of top-class jump racing action. Hide Caption 14 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019The betting market is frenetic during the week with punters trying to beat the oddsmakers.Hide Caption 15 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Rain sits in puddles on the all-weather surface of the Cheltenham gallops ahead of the Festival. (Digital filters were used in this image)Hide Caption 16 of 17 Photos: Cheltenham 2019Horses cross the course after exercising ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. Hide Caption 17 of 17 ‘One of best days ever’The pair was treated to a thunderous reception as they returned to the parade ring where Frost’s family were waiting to congratulate the history maker. “I’m just so proud of her, that was an amazing ride,” said Frost’s mum in front of her visibly emotional daughter.Many on social media were calling Frost’s win the best moment so far of this year’s jump racing showpiece, and Frodon’s trainer Nicholls agreed. “One of the best days ever,” said the 10-time champion trainer, who has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup four times with legendary horses such as Kauto Star and Denman.Frost’s female colleague Rachael Blackmore also claimed an impressive Festival win onboard A Plus Tard on Wednesday. Frost poses with the trophy after winning. In the following race, Paisley Park — a horse that almost died two years ago — clinched the Stayers’ Hurdle to whip the crowd into a further frenzy. Owner Gemmell, who was born blind, was crying and dancing in the stands as someone narrated the race to him. “Wonderful. It’s fantastic. I’m aware we’re on air so I won’t say what I want!” he told BBC Radio 5 live after his first festival winner. “I can’t believe it’s happened. I’m in tears. Wow. I couldn’t see the race but that roar is incredible!”