Cheltenham 2019: Bryony Frost makes history as bookmakers rue ‘worst ever’ Festival day

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Bryony Frost propelled herself into racing’s limelight on an emotional and worthwhile day three at Cheltenham, which bookmakers have described as their “worst ever” on the Competition.

Frost made historical past of her personal by changing into the primary feminine jockey to win a Grade 1 race on the Competition when she produced a shocking efficiency to see well-fancied 9/2 Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon first previous the submit within the Ryanair Chase.

Heavy favorite Paisley Park adopted go well with and received the characteristic race of the day, the Stayers’ Hurdle, for proprietor Andrew Gemmell, who was born blind.


Paisley Park is the one Grade 1 winner Emma Lavelle has educated and it justified its 11/Eight value with a high-quality run by the hands of Aidan Coleman.

Willie Mullins-trained Faugheen and Sam Spinner set the preliminary tempo after the favorite made an early mistake, however a late surge from Paisley Park ensured it continued its unbeaten type this season.

“That is improbable and an actual dream for me,” mentioned an emotional Gemmell. “I can’t imagine it has occurred.

“I hope that is the primary of many as a result of I’ll maintain coming again. We’re so satisfied and we’re all in tears.”

Gemmell is a big fan of late American singer Worth and named the Competition successful horse after one in all his songs, Paisley Park additionally runs in West Ham’s colors, his favorite soccer group.

“This has been a superb journey and I’ve loved all of it the way in which,” he added. “I’ve been to Cheltenham for years and years. It’s simply one thing else to be within the winner’s enclosure.”

A 20-year look forward to a primary top-level win for Lavelle was ended by Paisley Park at Ascot in December, and he or she solely needed to wait lower than three months for the subsequent.

“It’s completely different gravy. It’s only a completely different stage. Persons are giving three cheers for Paisley Park!” she mentioned. “I can’t say fairly how dangerous our hangovers are going to be within the morning.” 

Bryony Frost celebrates after using Frodon to win The Ryanair Chase (Getty Photographs)

The Stayers’ Hurdle is registered on the characteristic race on Thursday, however the Pestbury Park crowd had been in awe of Frost’s run on Frodon within the Ryanair Chase. The seven-year-old cemented its standing as a Cheltenham favorite with its third win in as many visits to the Gloucestershire racecourse.

Wiping away the tears within the parade ring, Frost mentioned: “Frodon has bought his day. He’s Pegasus, he has wings, and he’s probably the most unimaginable battler. 

“He travelled and by God he jumps. When he bought overtaken two out, most horses would give up, however he grabbed me by the fingers and mentioned, ‘don’t you dare surrender, don’t you dare not ship me into the final, I need this greater than you, now come on’.”

Lizzie Kelly then grew to become the third feminine rider to win on the Competition this yr, repeating her Trails Day win over Janika on Siruh Du Lac to win the Handicap Steeple Chase.

Kelly grew to become the first-ever skilled feminine jockey to win on the Competition final yr and was delighted to hitch Frost and Rachael Blackmore, who received on A Plus Tard in Tuesday’s Shut Brothers Novices’ Chase, in successful this yr.

“It was improbable watching Bryony (Frost). She and Rachael (Blackmore) are wonderful jockeys and are making us carry out higher. I’m delighted now we have a very good women’ weighing room in the intervening time. With three winners this week, it is rather good.”

Earlier within the day, Barry Geraghty bought his first win of the 2019 Competition on 3/1 favorite Defi Du Seuil within the JLT and adopted it with victory within the Pertemps Community Last Handicap Hurdle on 4/1 market chief Sire Du Berlais to finish a quick-fire double.

The 2 early favourites securing victory in addition to wins for well-fancied Frodon and Paisley Parks meant that it was a pricey day for bookmakers. After a profitable first two days, Thursday was described by one main bookmaker as one of many worst days on the Competition in historical past.

Any Second Now received the ultimate race, and Noel Fehily rode 50/1 Eglantine Du Seuil to victory within the Mares’ Novices Hurdle to safe his first win on his final Cheltenham Competition. The 2018 Champion Hurdle and Queen Mom Champion Chase successful jockey confirmed his resolution to retire after the race. “That is going to be my final Competition as I get a bit previous for this job,” mentioned the 43-year-old. “It has been a improbable time. I like using horses, however it’s time to let everybody else get on with it.”

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