Jamie Snowden's Present View won the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase, the final race on day one of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.
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Sent off an 8/1 chance in the hands of Brendan Powell, the six-year-old worked his way into the front rank down the back straight and jumped to the head of affairs two fences from home.
Pendra held every chance until blundering at the last, which left the Malcolm Jefferson-trained Attaglance as the only real danger to Present View.
Attaglance's rider Brian Hughes went for a gap up the far rail on the long run to the line, but the winner drifted across the track, forcing Attaglance to switch and make his final challenge on the outside, but Present View had enough in the tank to hold the fast-finishing runner-up by half a length.
An inquiry was held into the possible interference between the winner and the second but, after a long delay, the placings remained unaltered.
Pendra stuck on for third, with 33/1 outsider Ahyaknowyerself claiming minor honours in fourth.
Before the result was confirmed, Snowden was in no doubt Hughes was the man in the wrong.
Snowden said: "I think the second jockey should never have been there, without a shadow of a doubt.
"If I was the trainer of the second horse, I would be having serious words with my jockey. He should never have been there and I've ridden in plenty of races. It was a ludicrous ride from the second jockey.
"Our horse won on merit. He jumped from fence to fence, he's run an absolute cracker and he's a lovely horse.
"We're very lucky to have him and it's a massive team effort."
After the stewards announced the placings would remain unaltered, Snowden was moved to tears.
He said: "My heart rate is 170 and I'm told if you jump out of a plane your heart rate is 175.
"He's a lovely horse and the soft ground through the winter hasn't helped him. He probably wants this better ground for three miles.
"Brendan said he was beat after two fences as he couldn't go the gallop - but he's jumped and stayed and kept on galloping.
"Hopefully he's on an upward curve, but we'll take today."
Speaking before the stewards had made their decision, a disgruntled Jefferson said: "I think it (the interference) has cost him the race. It's very rare you get them now in the stewards' room, but it has definitely cost him. He had a clear passage and was stopped.
"He definitely would have won. Brian said it stopped him, but that's racing.
"The horse has run a blinder. I thought he would and he has.
"This is a hard place to win, it's harder to finish second and when you think you you should have won, it's harder still."