Result: Benefficient wins Jewson Novices' Chase

Benefficient's owners and jockey celebrate after a win at Cheltenham on March 14, 2013
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Benefficient wins the Jewson Novices' Chase as the Cheltenham Festival continues into a third day.

20-1 shot Benefficient stayed on well to win the opening race at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.

The Irish-trained horse, who was ridden by Brian Cooper, held off the challenge of Dynaste and Changing Times to take the Jewson Novices' Chase.

Cooper told Channel 4: "It's unbelievable. I don't think it has quite sunk in yet. I have been dreaming of this since I was very small."

Dynaste, who was the pre-favourite, had looked on course to seal victory, but Benefficient went into the lead after the last fence to win by three lengths.

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