Jockeys nominated for March Stobart Jockey of the Month after cracking Cheltenham Festivals
Bryony Frost, Harry Skelton and Nico De Boinville have all been nominated for March’s Stobart Jockey of the Month competition, following their outstanding performances at Cheltenham Festival.
Frost became somewhat of a national treasure following her win on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday 14 March, becoming the first female jockey to win the prestigious race.
Skelton enjoyed two wins at The Festival, including his first Grade 1 victory aboard Roksana in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day (Tuesday 12 March) and subsequently on Ch’tibelloin in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle on the final day (Friday 15 March).
De Boinville was crowned the leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, claiming the prize for the first time in his career after his three tremendous wins on Altior in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, William Henry in the Coral Cup, and Pentland Hills in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
The Somerset-based jockey stole the headlines at The Festival after her win on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase. It was the standout moment during the four days with her post-race interview stealing the hearts of the nation. Frost had 4 wins in March, taking her total for the season to 49, and is currently leading the Stobart Conditional Jockeys’ Championship.
Frodon wins the Ryanair Chase!
What a moment for the sport, a first win at the festival for @frost_bryony
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 14, 2019
March was however a month of mixed emotions for Frost, with her suffering a broken collarbone after falling at Southwell just four days after the historic win, and will now miss this week’s Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree.
Warwickshire-based Skelton scooped a total of 15 wins during March, and hit the 150 winners mark following his win aboard Tigeralley at Uttoxeter on Saturday 16 March.
Earlier that week the 29-year-old, enjoyed two notable wins at Cheltenham Festival, including his first Grade 1 victory with Roksana in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle. On the final day of The Festival, he secured his second victory with Ch’tibelloin the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle.
Ch’tibello won the Randox Health County Handicap at @cheltenhamraces
It was the Skeltons third win in this contest. pic.twitter.com/KgjyrSQ2wX
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 15, 2019
On being nominated for the Stobart Jockey of the Month for March, Skelton said: “It means everything to be nominated. March has been a great month for me, in what has been a great year for the team. To have two winners at Cheltenham and my first Grade 1 is what dreams are made of.
On his first Grade 1 victory, he said: “We had a bit of luck on our side that day, but you have to take that when you can. It’s part of jump racing. It was a very important win for the team.”
Skelton’s performances in March continue his electric form all season, with his current total of 159 wins meaning he remains second in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship, 30 wins behind three-time Stobart Champion Jump Jockey, Richard Johnson.
154 of his 159 wins have come for his brother and trainer, Dan Skelton who is also enjoying a fantastic season. On their relationship, Harry Skelton, said: “It’s amazing to be able to enjoy this with my brother, but also the rest of the team. We run a tight ship, but everyone works so hard and that makes the wins even more important.”
Nico De Boinvillle
March saw Lambourn-based, Nico De Boinville, clinch the illustrious title of leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival following three impressive wins with Altior, William Henry and Pentland Hills. The win with Altior in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, was the pairs second successive victory in the prestigious race, and equals the all-time record for 18 consecutive victories over jumps.
🙌 18 IN A ROW!!!
Altior wins the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at @CheltenhamRaces!
There was a wobble at the last but was it ever really in doubt?
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 13, 2019
De Boinville claimed a total of 12 wins during the month, including a double at Kempton Racecourse, one being the Matchbook Silver Bowl Handicap Chase with Forth Bridge. He is currently 8th placed in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship with 82 wins.