Black Corton Eyeing Galway Glory

Bryony Frost is eager to climb back aboard old friend Black Corton in the Galway Plate next week on her respective racecourse debut.

The 24-year-old has been receiving specialist information about the course's wavy dynamics as well as the uniqueness to Irish racing from none-other than recently retired legend Ruby Walsh.

Her brother Hadden [Frost] has also chipped in with a bit of expertise, as Frost represents the Paul Nicholls-trained eight-year-old in the feature race of the seven-day mixed-category Galway Festival, which kicks off on Monday.

The former Grade One Kauto Star winner will have to negotiate top weight in the prestigious handicap chase over an extended two and three-quarter miles, and should go well fresh off the back of a stretch of the legs at Royal Ascot last month.

(Credit: AtTheRaces) Frost said: “I’ve never been there and never ridden in the race, but my brother has and I’ve heard a lot about it.

“I talked to Ruby at Royal Ascot as well, so I got a bit of an insight into what the race rides like. He said it’s a bit different to the English way of riding.

"The Irish ride a lot tighter, they are a lot more shrewd and they are going to watch us English come over, they definitely don’t give us an inch when we’re out there.

“He might be small, but he’s definitely got a pair of elbows to shove out there on to other horses. He’s tough and if he jumps and travels like he always has, then who knows what will happen.“

Frost continued: "He loves all the attention and he’s very similar to Frodon in that way. They loved to be bigged up and so they should.

“His owners, and all of us, are just really excited to get out there. He loves top of the ground too, so that will be welcome as well for him.”

Ditcheat trainer Paul Nicholls won the race back in 2008 with Oslot - ridden by Walsh, and will be sending over another small squad to tackle the Irish summer highlight once again.

Black Corton will be the biggest name of the bunch - winning fourteen of his thirty-one starts and earning nearly £300,000 in prize money for connections.

Fingers crossed he goes well!

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