Menorah won the bet365 Oaksey Chase for the third successive year at Sandown under an inspired ride from newly-crowned champion jockey Richard Johnson.

The Willie Mullins-trained Valseur Lido was sent off an odds-on favourite to go one better than he did at Cheltenham behind Vautour, and everything looked to be going to plan for Bryan Cooper as he tracked Menorah into the straight.

It looked a matter of time before the seven-year-old would sprint past his 11-year-old rival, trained by Philip Hobbs, but Valseur Lido just got in a bit tight to the last fence.

Menorah landed with more momentum and despite Valseur Lido edging closer up the hill, Menorah was able to cling on by a length to win at 5-1.

Johnson, close to tears, said: "It's the best day of my career, being crowned champion jockey and having a horse like this to ride.

"It's the third year in a row he's won this race, the owners have been so good to me, it's fantastic.

"To have my family here today is the best thing ever, I've waited 20 years for today.

"The support I've had all season has been amazing, it's hard to describe it."

Hobbs said: "That was fantastic he seems better round here as he gets into a good rhythm and jumps fantastically well.

"He seems to be a different horse in this race, first of all he's fresh and he's not run for a long time with this race in mind.

"When he's fresh and well he's very good, he's not soft but he needs things to go his own way.

"He might even run again, there's a valuable race at Perth as he does not want soft ground and now he's 11 we may as well keep going with him."

Mullins said: "It looked like he might win between the last two, but he just got outstayed, although we think our fella is an out-and-out stayer.

"I was happy. He fiddled the last a little bit, but you are going to fiddle a few over fences. It would have been nice to win, but we didn't."