Tipped when available at 11/1 with Bet 365, FRODON won the feature race of Saturday for subscribers to my long established selections service, VG Tips.
In a year when the young jockey Bryony Frost has been a breath of fresh air for racing, she rode top weighted Frodon to win the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup for my loyal members.
Carrying the most weight of the field, 11 stone 12 pounds, was always going to be a challenge but I suggested members be on Frodon each way. I told them I was convinced the Paul Nicholls trained six year old gelding would at least be placed, but could win this race for us just as he did for us in 2016 when priced at 14/1. It was his ninth win from twenty one chases and we’ve won backing him on a handful of occasions.
Frost has ridden a few winners for my members during 2018 during another profitable year of punting for me and my followers. Her communication skills match her riding ability. Her post race interviews have been the opposite of the monosyllabic answers we sometimes witness from less effusive jockeys.
After this exhilarating, gutsy and hard fought win she said: “He’s got invisible wings. He’s like Pegasus for me! With that weight, and the weather out there, the first time up the home straight he half went sideways and nearly got blown away and I was like, ‘Frod, you’ve got to face it mate, come on.’ He’s the epitome of a brave racehorse.”
A legendary jockey in his own right, Brough Scott wrote:- “Bryony Frost is the biggest bonus racing has had in ages…she is as eloquent an ambassador as any activity could ask for.”
Racing is a sport that has a bad habit of self harm. It sometimes seems intent to self destruct. Thankfully, as long as Bryony Frost is riding thoroughbred racehorses, there will always be days of racing that leave a smile on my face, writes Vernon Grant.
As for Frodon after that start to finish win, trainer Paul Nicholls said: “He is six now and I suppose that we have got to train him for the Ryanair Chase. We will work back from that and I can’t see him running again for a while. If we are going to go for the Ryanair Chase and take is seriously, you would want to go there fresh or just one run beforehand.
“There is no point in trying to ask him to carry another big weight in a handicap, let’s try and win the Ryanair with him.”