LIZZIE KELLY be­came the first pro­fes­sional woman jockey to ride a win­ner at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val when Coo Star Sivola clung on grimly.

The 5-1 favourite, trained by the win­ning rider’s step­fa­ther Nick Wil­liams, tired on the climb to the line but still had a neck in hand of Shan­tou Flyer.

Kelly, who parted com­pany from Tea For Two at the sec­ond fence when tak­ing a high-pro­file ride in the 2017 Gold Cup, ad­mit­ted: “It was like I’d grown up five years.

“I felt the pres­sure of course, we all do, but I was just pleased to be here. Last year wasn’t a great year.

“I had a dream ride. I knew he would gal­lop up the hill, but my good­ness that was the long­est hill in the world!

“It feels so sur­real, it feels like I’ll wake up in a minute.”

GIRL POWER Lizzie Kelly

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