Weekend Review: Frodon back in the winner’s circle

Frodon

The little horse with a big, big heart! The iconic partnership of Bryony Frost and Frodon got back to winning ways on Saturday at Kempton Park, as the Cheltenham Festival winner held off challenges first from Top Notch, then Keeper Hill to land the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase.

It was a trademark performance from Frodon, who showed all the tenacity and guts in the final stages that have made him such a popular horse amongst racing fans. It was his first win of the season, reminding us all of his huge Ryanair Chase win at the Festival last year. He remains on course to return to the festival with a defence of his crown likely on the cards.

Jockey Bryony Frost was clearly delighted with her mount, she said: “Textbook, wasn’t he? Yes, OK, he was jumping slightly out all the time. That was a little bit worrying while you’re out there, thinking, when he gets tired, will that happen?

“But Paul [Nicholls] has got him so fit and so ready, you can ride him with your heart on your sleeve. Home bend, I’ve just picked him up and given him a click and he’s come right underneath me. And I thought, well, they’re going to have to really stretch to get by me, especially how hard he fights. Ah, just magic.”

Kimberlite Candy shines at Warwick

Over at Warwick Kimberlite Candy put his hand up for the Randox Health Grand National, with a solid round of jumping in the final stages of the feature Classic Chase. The JP McManus-owned runner flew the last flight and put the race to bed in the final two furlongs.

Will he be lining up in April for the big one?

Over in Ireland

Andy Dufresne got back to winning ways in the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Having been turned over at short odds last time out, the Gordon Elliott-trained star proved he had the guts, as well as the class to see off Captain Guinness.

He’s likely to to go to the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle at Cheltenham in just under eight weeks time.

REACTION: A lot of love for Frodon

 

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