FRODON, ridden by Bryony Frost, gave trainer Paul Nicholls his 12th win in the King George VI Chase at Kempton, Saturday.
The winning horse and rider have been one of the most enduring partnerships in National Hunt racing in recent seasons and they had nearly all of their rivals in trouble turning in.
Between the last two, what seemed to be his final pursuer Saint Calvados cracked, only for Waiting Patiently to engage a storming late run under Brian Hughes.
He finished to great effect but Frodon was away and gone, running on strongly to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
“He has just smashed everybody’s expectations,” the winning rider told ITV Racing. “The track is the wrong way round for him and he’s given away a little ground at all his fences but he kept coming back and I got some amazing jumps.
“This horse is what you dream of as a little girl. He’s absolutely epic.”
“I said to Bryony last night, just jump out there and ride. He is a remarkable horse, just jumps so well,” commented Nichols.
Frost is the first female jockey to win this race.
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