Victoria Pendleton made every yard of the running to notch her first win as a jockey aboard Pacha Du Polder in the Betfair Switching Saddles Hunters' Chase at Wincanton.
The dual Olympic cycling champion was unshipped from Paul Nicholls' charge on her first start under National Hunt Rules at Fakenham just under two weeks ago, but the duo made no mistake this time.
Sharply away, Pendleton survived a couple of sticky leaps to triumph aboard the 5-4 favourite, running out a 29-length victor.
Her task was somewhat eased when Gauvain, who looked a likely rival, crashed out at the sixth, but Pendleton herself had to survive a slightly shaky jump at the eighth as well as a slow leap at the 10th.
However, she managed to get Pacha Du Polder back on an even keel before kicking for home with two to jump.
She negotiated both of those obstacles with the minimum of fuss, cruising home from Big Fella Thanks to a warm reception from the Wincanton crowd.
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Former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton has been granted an amateur riders' licence by the British Horseracing Authority and is set to be in action at Ripon on Monday.
Former England footballer Michael Owen's prize horse is to miss Royal Ascot's blue-ribbon race after picking up an injury.
Brown Panther was third-favourite for the Gold Cup, but Owen announced on Twitter that he was out of the running.
Absolutely gutted to announce that Brown Panther injured his near fore leg this morning and is out of The Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.
Many Clouds has won the Grand National at Aintree for trainer Oliver Sherwood and last year's winning jockey Leighton Aspell.
Successful aboard Pineau De Re 12 months ago, Aspell was never too far off the pace and Many Clouds, winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury earlier in the season and sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, jumped with aplomb throughout.
For a long way it appeared Shutthefrontdoor could provide Tony McCoy with a fairytale second National triumph before his retirement, but he eventually weakened into fifth place.
Many Clouds tired from the elbow, but had enough in the tank to hold off Saint Are, with Monbeg Dude third and Alvarado fourth.
Coneygree has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, becoming the first novice to win the race since 1974.
Rugby Walsh sealed his third Cheltenham victory on the opening day of the festival after winning the Champion Hurdle with Faugheen.
Douvan gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh the perfect start to the four-day Cheltenham Festival when running out a smooth winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Walsh brought the 2-1 favourite to lead before the final flight and Douvan bounded up the hill to score by four and a half lengths.