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Frost's win gives women jockeys a clean sweep


Bryony Frost's win in the St James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup means that all three races for amateur riders run at The Festival 2017 have gone to female jockeys for the first time, following the successes of Lisa O'Neill in the J T McNamara National Hunt Chase on Tiger Roll on Tuesday and Gina Andrews in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase aboard Domesday Book yesterday.

 

Riding Pacha Du Polder, on whom former Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton finished fifth in last year's race, Frost beat Wonderful Charm (Katie Walsh) by a neck at odds of 16/1.

 

The first two horses are both trained by Paul Nicholls.

 

Frost said: "It's hard to describe how I feel - it's an unbelievable feeling. I've watched people ride winners here - I've seen it, seen the success - but actually to ride into this winner's enclosure...

 

"He jumped the last and kept galloping. I saw the head of Wonderful Charm next to me and thought, 'don't you deny us today!'. I might have been a bit more forward than I wanted to be, but I've been here once before and got left at the start, and that wasn't going to happen again."

 

Describing the latter stages of the race, Frost said: "We are in gear six, as it were, and he's met the last cleanly, his stride is still strong underneath me and he's trying his heart out. If anyone was going to get past us, fair play to them, but luckily they didn't."

 

Andy Stewart, representing winning owners The Stewart Family, said: "I am absolutely delighted with that. Last year we were beaten a couple of lengths with Victoria Pendleton on board, but Bryony did it really well.

 

"It's great, the Foxhunters - I love it. It's very competitive; it always is at this level, and that's what we all love. Yes, the horse will go to Aintree - two miles, five furlongs will suit him."

 

4.10pm St James's Place Foxhunter Chase

1 PACHA DU POLDER (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 10-12-00 Bryony Frost 16/1

2 Wonderful Charm (Robin Geffen & Sir John Ritblat) Paul Nicholls 9-12-00 Ms Katie Walsh 7/2

3 Barel Of Laughs (Mrs Peter Andrews) Philip Rowley 11-12-00 Mr Alex Edwards 100/1

 

11/8 Fav On The Fringe (4th)

 

Distances:  

Tote Win: £19.10 Places: £3.70, £2.00, £23.50 Exacta: £84.90

Distances: nk, nk, 2

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