Bryony Frost wins second consecutive Stobart Jockey of the Month award
Bryony Frost has won the December Stobart Jockey of the Month prize, following her first Grade 1 win at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Other nominees included Joe Colliver for his first Grade 1 win in the JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on 23 December, and Nico de Boinville, who as well as having an impressive 30% strike rate in December also won the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on Might Bite, also on Boxing Day.
Frost receives £1,000 prize money with an additional £500 donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Service, while the runners up receive £500 each.
Frost, 22, who received 58% of the vote, was over the moon to win the award for the second month on the bounce and thanked trainer Paul Nicholls for his continued support.
“It’s amazing, I can’t explain it. I’m not sure if it’s regular for someone to be even nominated twice in a row for Stobart Jockey of the Month, let alone win it,” she said.
“It’s a huge feather in my cap to be noticed for what I’m doing and the last few months have been a whirlwind.
“The belief Paul Nicholls has shown in me has been incredible, he keeps on putting me on wonderful horses and giving me the opportunity to ride in the big races. I just seem to keep getting the luck and winning!”
“To win this award again has put a definite bounce in my step that’s for sure.”
In red hot form, the Devon-born jockey has climbed to 28th in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship, with 20 wins from 123 races at a strike rate of 16%.
Frost’s winner in the 32Red Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton was her biggest win to date, and during the month she also won the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at Newbury on Old Guard on 2 December.
On that same day at Newbury, Frost also finished runner up on Black Corton in the Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase to Elegant Escape, and this was something she was determined to put right on Boxing Day.
She said: “We didn’t take kindly to being beat at Newbury earlier in the month so I had the bit between my teeth and I knew what I had to do at Kempton.
“It was about ticking all of the right boxes, and coming into the home bend we did just that.
“There was a faller at that point, which gave Black Corton an opportunity for a breather. Everyone else was playing catch up. I knew my horse had it in him coming into the home stretch and it was time to be relentless again. The last fence was difficult after three miles on soft ground but he answered it and then motored to the finish.
“When we crossed the line it was a feeling of sheer joy, it was an amazing moment not only in my career but also the horse’s career.”