Feminine jockey makes historical past in well-known Boxing Day steeplechase



The 25-year-old Frost led from begin to end to present coach Paul Nicholls his twelfth success within the race at Kempton Park on the outskirts of London as extra fancied contenders fell away.

“I’ve simply gained the King George!” mentioned a clearly emotional Frost after crossing the end line.

“He has simply smashed everybody’s expectations. I do not argue with him an excessive amount of as he’s his personal character,” she informed ITV Sport.

Frost had beforehand loved a landmark Grade One success on the 2019 Cheltenham Pageant on Frodon and the pair labored their magic once more regardless of being the least fancied of Nicholls’ 4 runners within the race.

“I can not stress how a lot this horse means to me — he’s my life. You dream as somewhat lady to journey a horse like this,” added Frost.

Victory in a race rated second solely to the Cheltenham Gold Cup for high quality has additionally made Frost essentially the most profitable feminine jockey over jumps as she was properly conscious.

“I talked to my brother in the USA final night time and I mentioned I used to be one away from being the lady jockey with essentially the most winners over jumps.

“He mentioned ‘how cool wouldn’t it be to do it within the King George?'”

Frodon’s stablemate Clan Des Obeaux was bidding for a 3rd successive win within the King George however may solely end third.

Cyrname, one other fancied runner from the Nicholls’ string, was pulled up underneath the recent tempo set by Frodon, as was Actual Metal.

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It was left for Ready Patiently underneath champion jockey Brian Hughes to supply the primary problem with a robust late burst. However Frost and Frodon had been residence by 2 1/4 lengths.

As a result of coronavirus restrictions, the same old 20,000 crowd for the festive season particular was absent, with Nicholls watching the race from the vacant Royal Field.

He had written off Frodon’s possibilities earlier than the race, notably in view of a poor run by the 8-year-old at Aintree just lately, however was proved unsuitable as he jumped brilliantly underneath Frost’s expert dealing with to drag off a surprising and historic triumph.



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