Bryony Frost Says Frodo is Ready to Repeat ‘Phenomenal’ King George Victory | King George VI hunt
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Bryony Frost led Frodo to historic success in the King George VI Chase last year and Britain’s most successful jockey believes the nine-year-old is as fit and strong as ever as she tries to follow to Kempton on Sunday.
It was following his victory over the underdog 20-1 in last year’s race that rumors emerged of issues between Frost and a colleague in the weigh room that resulted in the ban on Robbie Dunne’s drive for 18 months this month after a disciplinary panel ruled he had subjected her to a seven-month campaign of intimidation and harassment. The jockey will be determined to leave that behind.
“It’s crazy to think we won the race 12 months ago and it hasn’t been that long,” Frost said this week. “Everyone counted to Christmas Day, but I counted to Boxing Day.
“Frodo galloped to Wincanton last week and my arms were a few inches longer that night than him to tow me in the noisy way he does. I was happy with it. We went to school together on Monday and that was exactly how we wanted it with him out of control enough.
There were no spectators at Kempton 12 months ago to give Frost the praise she deserved after becoming the first female jockey to win the highlight of the Christmas racing program. However, at least 10,000 fans are expected on Sunday, and another victory for Frodo would be hugely popular.
“One thing Paul [Nicholls, Frodon’s trainer] told me last year that he wished the crowd were there, “says Frost,” because a King George crowd is phenomenal on Boxing Day.
“The running public is great when they start supporting certain individuals and athletes. It’s really cool to be one of those pairs that people can’t wait to see and like you as much as I appreciate it. I’m very lucky to have it.
“People love his features, his running style, his jumps. When I met him he was a very good handicapper and now he’s become one of the most talked about horses. For me, I am very proud of it.
There are no secrets with Frodo, who will strive to dominate the nine-man squad up front like he did last year.
“It was probably one of the easiest, smoothest races I’ve had with him,” says Frost. “Nothing went wrong, everything went well.
“It was just a moment when you almost felt like you had stopped in time. It was like we were in the breeze galloping around Kempton. There was no moment when you thought” it was close ”or“ I’m not sure at that point. ”We had a rhythm and he was really jumping for fun.
“I remember landing during the last thought: ‘I can’t believe I’m always in front.’ Looking at the screen and crossing the line was just a phenomenal feeling.
“If Frodo were a boxer, he would already have a bunch of belts behind him in the ring when he starts to parade. You just focus on the job you have to do. I know its rhythm and its sections. He knows me and he knows the track and he comes to life on big days.
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