2021 Cheltenham Festival tips – Bryony Frost’s possible Festival rides
Bryony Frost Cheltenham Festival rides
One of the most popular jockeys amongst punters, Bryony Frost is already no stranger to Cheltenham Festival success and she showed she can mix it at the very top level when steering regular partner Frodon to Ryanair Chase success twelve months ago. Here are five possible Bryony Frost Cheltenham Festival rides at the greatest show on turf.
Backed by the powerful Paul Nicholls for whom she is the second jockey at Ditcheat behind Harry Cobden, Frost will likely feature heavily in the Cheltenham Festival handicaps where she’s sure to get the leg up on a few contenders; while in some of the Graded races across the four days of the Festival she could also see some action.
We’ve picked out five possible Bryony Frost Cheltenham Festival rides who could post a big run during their respective races and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Frost steering a winner back into the winners’ enclosure.
2021 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL TIPS – BRYONY FROST FESTIVAL CHANCES
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Nicholls could field both Hell Red and Houx Gris in this handicap contest and Frosts mount will likely come down to whichever one is discarded by Harry Cobden.
That choice may well see Frost get the leg up on HELL RED who was brought over from France and Guillamae Macaire and the Martaline gelding was impressive on his Ditcheat debut when romping to a twelve lengths’ victory at Chepstow in October.
He reportedly suffered a breathing problem at Cheltenham next time in the Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle where he was eased and eventually pulled up, after which he had wind surgery and turned in a better run back from a break in a first-time tongue-tie at Wincanton where Frost took the reins.
Heavy ground possibly unsuited him there and he may have needed the run in any case after more than three months off. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him step up on that run and he could make his presence felt from a mark that looks fair if faced with less testing ground come day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
Harry Skelton rode Politologue to victory in the Champion Chase twelve months ago but will required for brother Dan’s Nube Negra in the race leaving Harry Cobden to take the reins on the defending champion.
That should open the door for Frost to get the leg up on GREANETEEN in the Cheltenham day two feature assuming the son of Great Pretender takes in this race as opposed to the Ryanair Chase for which he also holds an entry.
A three-time winner during the 2019/20 season he finished off last campaign with a solid fourth behind Chosen Mate in the Grand Annual Chase but he’s improved again this term to win the Haldon Gold Cup and then chase home Politologue in the Tingle Creek.
There wasn’t much wrong with his latest third behind Sceau Royal and Champ in the Game Spirit Chase where he appeared to race too keenly on his first run in almost three months although tackling the Champion Chase would surely demand significant further improvement.
Nicholls again is likely to have more than one runner in the race but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Frost in the saddle on board KNAPPERS HILL who runs in the same ownership as Frodon and the Valirann gelding made a good first impression when running out a seven lengths’ victor of his debut at Chepstow in October.
That success was followed up by a victory in a Listed contest at Ascot in December under trainer’s daughter Megan where the duo ran out a narrow winner over stablemate Stage Star who was sent off favourite for that contest.
He showed a good attitude to knuckle down when challenged and grind out the win on ground possibly soft enough for him and he’ll likely benefit from quicker ground if taking his chance. Nicholls could also have Stage Star and Petrossian in the race, but given Frost’s history with the owners we’d expect her to partner the unbeaten five-year old.
Frost has struck up a good partnership with Neil King’s star LIL ROCKERFELLER and the pair are likely to combine again for a crack at the Cheltenham Festival day three feature that is the Stayers’ Hurdle.
The Hard Spun gelding has been in good form over fences and hurdles in recent times although he’s yet to add to his winning tally since his last victory back in December 2018 where he had looked a chaser to follow having switched to the larger obstacles.
Things somewhat fell apart for him however over fences where his jumping largely deserted him; but back over hurdles for his last few runs he has finished 322 this term, latterly chasing home On The Blind Side over a trip just south of three miles at Market Rasen.
Versatile with regards to ground he won’t mind whichever underfoot conditions he faces come March at the Cheltenham Festival and he has history in this race having gone close to victory in 2017. He’s arguably not the force of old but he’s sure to give Frost another good spin.
Cheltenham Gold Cup
There’s little left to be said about the gallant and popular FRODON who is sure to be partnered again by Frost in the day four Cheltenham Festival highlight and the pair ought to go well in pursuit of the Blue Riband.
The pair have struck up a real rapport since Frost first rode him in a Listed chase at Ascot back in December 2017 and they’ve only been separated once in their subsequent 16 outings where the Nickname gelding has gone from strength to strength and he’s shown a real affinity for this place.
The 2019 Ryanair Chase champion is 2-3 in his runs this term which includes winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton and while he has even further to go in the Gold Cup he’s also won a Cotswold Chase in the past and didn’t look to be stopping so could well pull out more for the additional distance.
Tough and consistent and with question marks over a few of his potential rivals there’d be no more popular winning combination if Frost were somehow able to steer her partner home in front.