Frodon Heads Old Roan Field In Title Defence


Frodon was the superstar of last season for 11 time champion trainer Paul Nicholls winning some huge races during the campaign and he is back this year starting in the same race where his season took off last term.

The seven year old will currently face nine rivals in the Grade Two contests in which he landed last season in his usual front running style that really got his rider Bryony Frost dreaming of some big runs in big contests for the season.

He then went on to race at Cheltenham four times in a row winning three of his events and finishing second in the other.

After his seasonal debut at Aintree Frodon finished a decent second in the BetVictor Gold Cup behind Baron Alco, Next time out in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Prestbury Park he went one better to land the Grade Three contest in superb style.

With dreams of heading to the festival he needed one more prep run and that came in the Grade Two Cotswalds Chase where he beat some top class Grade One horses and from there it was a decision of which black type race Frodon would be entered in.

The Grade One Ryanair Chase was the preferred option over the shorter trip of two and a half miles and in a fairytale story for jockey Bryony Frost the little seven year old crossed the line first and saw history made at the Cheltenham festival with Frost being the first female rider to win a Grade One over fences at the festival.

All roads this season will lead to the Cheltenham Gold Cup with the Old Roan a perfect starting point for the gelding who is more than likely to be entered in the Betfair Chase if coming out of the Aintree contest on Sunday in good health.

(Credit At The Races) Nicholls said: “He is in good shape, and the plan at the moment is to run at Aintree.

“Bryony schooled him over fences this morning, and that was ideal. He has probably schooled a two or three times over fences this season.

“I think I will probably go to the Betfair Chase afterwards, but that is not set in stone.“It is the sort of track that if the ground was not too bad would suit him well.”

Frodon is currently 33/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup with those odds expected to shorten if winning on Sunday in comprehensive style.