A great day’s racing yesterday. An emotional day with Bryony Frost lighting up the afternoon with a terrific ride on Frodon and Paisley Park powering up the Prestbury hill to give his owner Andrew Gemmell the thrill of his extraordinary life.
The tears of joy far out weighed this year’s sporadic showers. Bryony Frost will undoubtedly be an inspiration to many young girls who previously believed it would be nigh impossible to make a career as a professional jump jockey. Thanks to her, Lizzie Kelly and Rachael Blackmore, the tide is turning and looking ahead as the use of the stick with inevitably recede, maybe jump racing will be like all other equestrian sports – a level playing field for all sexes.
Defi Du Seuil won the JLT in the style that many of us expected us to do so. Jumping and travelling with great gusto, B Geraghty delivered just at the right time and with luck, this bonny lad will gain more fans over the coming seasons.
Today the extraordinary meeting comes to an end and I’m hoping the ever genial Willie Mullins will finally win the blue riband. Since last year’s Irish Grand National, I’ve had sneaky feeling that Bellshill has the ability to win chasing’s greatest prize. Whatever the result, it looks a race to savour and may the best horse win.