Bryony Frost proves it runs in the blood by lifting Wincanton trophy

• Frost shows grit to win Badger Ales prize on Paul Nicholls’ Present Man
• ‘You’ve got to break the mould, being a girl and everything’

The buildup to Saturday’s Badger Ales Trophy started some time around the turn of the century, when a battered old-time jump jockey fobbed off his tiny daughter with a promise that she could sit on a racehorse one day, maybe when she was nine. Jimmy Frost, who had ridden the 1989 Grand National winner, hoped he would hear no more of the subject but Bryony did not forget and described in the winner’s enclosure here how she had bounded through to her father’s bedroom at dawn on her ninth birthday to insist he make good on his words.

Thirteen years after that moment of domestic tension, Bryony Frost delivered a brave, attacking ride on Present Man to land a race her father had won when she was a toddler. It was a vindication of the faith shown in her by Paul Nicholls, who took her on as an amateur jockey a couple of years ago and is giving her plenty of work now that she has turned professional.

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