Bryony Frost in dreamland as Black Corton stars at Kempton

Tue 26 Dec 2017

By staff

Bryony Frost emulated Lizzie Kelly's triumph on Tea For Two in 2015 when winning the 32Red Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Black Corton - and claimed the victory was "a little bit awesome".

Frost, who has really come to prominence this season, is attached to the yard of Paul Nicholls and has garnered many fans in recent weeks.

This was by far her biggest success, though, coming as it did in Grade One company, and it was a race of changing complexion as Mia's Storm was a faller and Fountains Windfall hit the deck when in front.

That drama left Black Corton (4-1) at the head of affairs and the six-year-old kept on gallantly to score by a length and a half from the Colin Tizzard pair of Elegant Escape and West Approach to register a seventh win since June.

Frost said: "This little horse started off just an average little chap at the back of the classroom but now he's an A-star student.

"It just shows if you are brave what you can achieve. I'm so proud of him.

"I live for sitting on the back of a horse and he's my hero.

"I hadn't even remembered it was a Grade One - it's amazing."

The jockey added: "He's been a magnificent horse and it just proves if you keep working hard and are brave enough you'll get somewhere in life.

"I like to believe in my horse and you've just got to be positive and make something of them. To go to war with him is an honour.

"I got a massive breather in on the home bend. I did say, 'Fill your lungs, Blackie, as we've got to go'.

"I keep pinching myself and this is what I've been dreaming of doing.

"With Paul's history in the race I think this is massive for the team, where the little horse and I have come from has helped knit it all together.

"It is a little bit awesome. Today I've made a memory."

Nicholls said: "What a fantastic ride. That's her first ride in a Grade One and she's won it.

LISTEN: Paul Nicholls on Bryony Frost

"I so nearly didn't run him as he's been off his food for a couple of days and it was only yesterday he came back on it.

"To win a Grade One with Bryony on is fantastic.

"He'll have a break now, we'll give him a holiday and I suspect it will be straight to Cheltenham, whether he runs before I doubt it.

"It will be Cheltenham and Aintree in the spring."

Colin Tizzard was satisfied with runner-up Elegant Approach and West Approach, who was third home. He said: "To be fair, the one that beat us, beat us on merit.

"I am chuffed. He is a lovely, big five-year-old and he has run into a progressive horse.

"West Approach has probably run one of the best runs of his life. His jumping is getting better all the time.

"He does frighten himself a bit occasionally. There are no hiding places in these Grade Ones but he travelled well into it.

"I would think they will both go for the RSA. Elegant Escape is going to be six in a few days and we could think about putting him in the four-miler as well."

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