Bryony Frost returned to a huge reception after making Cheltenham Festival history as the first female rider ever to win a top-level race at the meeting on her great pal Frodon in what looked the hottest G1 Ryanair Chase in years.
Cheltenham specialist Frodon forced the pace from the start but looked in trouble when headed by Aso two out. However, the pair found extra reserves from somewhere and forced their way ahead again on the run-in, winning by a length and a quarter.
St Patrick's Thursday came to 67,821, a new record figure since The Festival became a four-day extravaganza in 2005.
The attendance was up 1,439 on the same day in 2018, which saw 66,382 stream through the gates.