‘Nothing beats winning’: a rising star, a battle-scarred veteran, two Cheltenham journeys

Bryony Frost is the new star of jump racing, Paddy Brennan the veteran in search of redemption. This week, on Black Corton and Cue Card, their contrasting paths lead to the Cheltenham Festival

“She’s free as a bird,” Paddy Brennan says of Bryony Frost as he rocks in his kitchen chair and opens his arms wide to show the soaring rise of his fellow jockey. Brennan knows, after all his highs and lows, how different he feels on the inside. But his face creases in a smile as he thinks of Frost, of all her hope and youth, as his arms fall slowly down.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday and Brennan and Frost offer compelling stories. Frost is the new star of jump racing, an exuberant young woman riding waves of success and publicity, and on Wednesday she and Black Corton race for glory in the RSA Chase. On Thursday Brennan is back in the saddle on Cue Card, the most loved horse in Britain, returning to the track where he has suffered.

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