Horse Racing – Cheltenham Festival – Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain – March 14, 2019 Bryony Frost celebrates with a trophy after winning the 2.50 Ryanair Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
March 16, 2019
CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Women jockeys impressed at this week’s Cheltenham Festival, claiming four wins including an unprecedented two in top-level Grade One races, highlighted by Bryony Frost’s breakthrough triumph on Frodon.
Frost collected the biggest cheer of the week when she became the first female jockey to win a Grade One race over jumps at The Festival on Thursday.
The 23-year-old claimed one of the hardest fought battles to win the Ryanair Chase by little more than a length over Charlie Deutsch and Aso.
“I can’t explain how much I love that horse. He is Pegasus, he has wings and he is the most incredible battler,” Frost said.
Lizzie Kelly won the Handicap Chase later on Thursday with a bold front-running performance.
Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore claimed another Grade One race victory on Gold Cup Friday, her second win of the week.
The 29-year-old is currently second in the battle to become Ireland’s Champion Jockey having claimed 84 winners on Irish turf.
(Editing by Toby Davis)