Another Saturday, another big-race victory for Bryony Frost. One of the brightest stars of British racing was again beaming for the ITV cameras this weekend after winning the Grade 2 Reynoldstown on board her most prolific partner, Black Corton.
Bryony Frost and Black Corton, photo Liesl King
The pair have struck up a strong relationship in the last year and Black Corton's eight-length victory at Ascot took their tally to seven wins from eight starts since July 2017, further enhancing Frost's claims as being the breakout star of the jumps season.
Sent off the 10-11 favourite, the bang-in form seven-year-old was allowed to bowl along out in front – as he so often does to great success – and never saw a rival, with impressive jumps at the last two fences sealing the deal.
Frost said: "He's awesome! I was very close to getting girly pulling up because he means so much to me.
"I'm privileged to ride him and I'm never going to have a horse like him again. He's such a dude!"
Black Corton is owned by chat show host Jeremy Kyle, who said: "I don't think the horse has got the credit he deserves. He's an astonishing horse and she's an astonishing jockey.
"Andy Stewart has been saying for a long time he's an RSA horse. I'll go one step further – he's a Gold Cup horse!"
Frost is fast becoming a fixture in the Saturday spotlight as the 22-year-old has ridden a whole host of feature and Graded race winners this season, including landing her first Grade 1 contest aboard the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding last time out in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase.
The conditional rider, who is based with Nicholls in Ditcheat, has not only shone over obstacles but in her television interviews after races, where her enthusiasm and charisma have won a growing band of fans and followers.
Frost and Black Corton bid to continue their rise to the top at the Cheltenham Festival and he was cut to a general 12-1 shot (from 16) for the RSA Chase.