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



The 25-year-old Frost led from begin to end to provide 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 Competition 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 just a little 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 nicely conscious.

“I talked to my brother in the USA final evening 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 would it not 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 might solely end third.

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

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

As a result of coronavirus restrictions, the standard 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 probabilities earlier than the race, significantly in view of a poor run by the 8-year-old at Aintree just lately, however was proved fallacious as he jumped brilliantly below Frost’s expert dealing with to drag off a surprising and historic triumph.



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