Bryony Frost has had a very busy few weeks and it looks like the jockey's work load is just going to get even busier for the next couple of months.
With 14 wins from 60 chase starts this season alone, Frost is currently riding high with a 23% chase win rate and has notched up more than £471K to date. A jockey very much in demand, she won the Warwick’s Classic Chase on Milansbar last month, the first time she had ridden the horse.
It transpires that the pairing was so good that the owner has indicated he’d be delighted for Frost to keep the mount in the Grand National – but, Neil King trains Milansbar and the decision will ultimately be by trainer Paul Nicholls‘ as he has first call on her services.
Nicholls has entered six in the 2018 Grand National including As De Mee, Braqueur D'Or, Sametegal, Silsol, Vicente and Warriors Tale. When asked if he had any of them in mind as a possible mount for Bryony Frost, Nicholls commented “She rode Silsol in the Welsh National, she’s ridden Warrior’s Tale.
“She’ll ride any of them if we need to. But I looked at those entries and thought a lot of them might go other ways. Vicente might be worth keeping for the Scottish National because he’s so good there and I’m not convinced about him round Aintree.”
So although there are six possible entries it would seem that few are actually Aintree bound. It looks likely that As De Mee will definitely go for the 2018 Grand National but jockey Sean Bowen is pretty well established as that one’s regular rider.
Female jockeys always garner a lot of support in the Grand National and in the past the likes of Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh have gone off on the race favourites – or very close to it. If Bryony Frost gets a ride in 2018, you can be certain she too will receive enormous support and the odds of whichever horse she partners with will see a significant drop in Grand National Odds.
Milansbar was a general 50-1 shot but with the prospect of Frost being on board, his odds have already dropped to 40/1 antepost with Betfair and an even shorter 33/1 antepost with Paddy Power.
Along with the potential to ride in the Grand National, Frost has also been named as a group-wide ambassador for Jockey Club Racecourses.
As an ambassador, Bryony will work with Jockey Club Racecourses to promote British Racing, including through social media channels, media work, personal appearances and a regular blog.
She will also wear Jockey Club Racecourses-branded apparel when attending racedays and her new Range Rover Velar now bears the message ‘Bryony Frost, supported by Jockey Club Racecourses’.