What a week it was. There were so many brilliant stories over the last few days and while it hasn’t been without its drama (hello Benie Des Diuex) it’s safe to say racing has enjoyed a much needed week in the sun.
Frodon Soars to Ryanair Success!
There was a blissful hour or so at Cheltenham Racecourse last Thursday where lovers of the sport were reminded what makes it so special.
12 months ago Frodon, a fairy-tale horse, finished stone last as he was beaten 37 lengths in the very same race. This year his jockey, the brilliant Bryony Frost, took him straight to the front and stayed there as Frost became the first woman to ride a grade one winner over fences at the Cheltenham Festival!
“He’s Pegasus, he has wings, and he’s the most incredible battler,” she said. “When he got overtaken two out, most horses would quit, but he grabbed me by the hands and said, ‘Don’t you dare give up, don’t you dare not send me into the last, I want this more than you, now come on!'”
“He’s the perfection of determination,” she continued. “Look at what he’s done there and tell me he doesn’t love his racing. He’s unbelievable. The dream he has just made come true for me is just incredible. He deserves every single pat, carrot and polo. This is his day.”
If you didn’t enjoy this incredible display, jump racing simply isn’t for you!
Paisley Reigns Supreme at Prestbury Park
Watching Andrew Gemmel’s masterplan fall into place has been one of the stories of the season. The owner who’s been blind since birth gleefully announced his route to Stayers Hurdle glory in front of the ITV cameras earlier this year.
Many heard but they should’ve listened! From handicap victory at Aintree in October to success in the world’s most famous 3m hurdle race, this stayer is something special.
The last jump wasn’t pretty but with Paisley Park maintaining his lead the cheers were getting louder. A storm of back slaps and hugs followed and the dream result was reality for his owner.
“I can’t believe this has happened and I’m just so chuffed – it’s fantastic,” said Gemmell in the immediate aftermath.
“He’s in the Big Buck’s/Baracouda mould – he hits that flat spot but comes again. I was so nervous and can’t believe it’s happened.”
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Quotes taken from Racing Post