Superstar female jockey Bryony Frost has really understood the highs and lows of horse racing over the last week after becoming the first female rider to win a Grade 1 at the Cheltenham Festival to on Monday falling at Southwell and being taken to hospital with a shoulder injury.
Frost enjoyed one of the most special weeks in her career to date when landing the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase on the Thursday of the festival on board her "best mate" Frodon.
This was such a memorable moment for the Paul Nicholls team and the Frost family who had gained another big Grade 1 winner at the Cheltenham festival for the yard but for the jockey it was the biggest win of her career.
Nicholls has been a big admirer of Frost and was the first trainer to really give her a chance on the big stage of national hunt racing and she has repaid him in abundance so far in her riding career.
However, after the festival it was back to work as usual for many jockey's including the female rider and at Southwell on Monday she truly saw the ugly side of the sport by taking a nasty fall.
The first race of the day at Southwell over the jumps saw the Toalsbet Class 4 Handicap Chase over 3 miles and as the rider came up to the 10th fence, on board the Carline Fryer trained Midnight Bliss and she took a heavy fall.
Although she was fully able to get up and walk back to the weighing room unaided, she was then sent to hospital under the instruction of the course doctor to undergo x-rays.
(Credit Racing Post) Jimmy Frost, (father to Bryony) confirmed on Monday evening that she had left the hospital to return home after receiving an x-ray and said: "She's got home and is a bit sore. She will likely take an easy day today but I'll know more later."
However, as the story develops, it has been released that the jockey will now face some time on the sidelines with no update as to how long she will be out for, but she is booked in for a Rehab session on her Shoulder in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Frost is just one winner short of reaching a half-century for the season for the first time and is currently 17th in the National Hunt jockeys’ championship leading into the back end of the jumps season.
The female jockey was set to just have the one ride today at Huntingdon in the last contest of the day, the MansionBet Standard Class 5 National Hunt Flat Race over 1 mile7 1/2 furlongs.
She was set to ride the 8/1 shot Parisian Affair for trainer Neil King but it looks like she will pass the ride on and get herself back on track in the next few days.