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Bryony Frost thrills local crowd on Grand National hope Present Man

• Frost’s popular win is her second success in Wincanton chase
• Paul Nicholls says Present Man could be Aintree-bound

“She’s so good,” was the oft-repeated refrain as Bryony Frost thrilled at her local track with a fine, attacking ride on the game Present Man to win the Badger Ales Trophy for a second time. There was a lot of love from this knowledgeable crowd for the horse, for his owner, Mark Woodhouse, whose company has sponsored this race for half a century, and for the trainer, Paul Nicholls, who won five of the seven races, but the loudest cheers were once more for Frost.

Although she had won a Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Frost had a low profile when she lined up for this race a year ago. Five minutes later, that had changed and her poised, straight-back style is now a familiar feature of most major races over fences.

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