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BRYONY FROST: 12-1 “Dynamite” filly will “love” Cheltenham test, says rider

Festival winning rider Bryony Frost confirms she will partner Martello Sky on the opening day

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Grade 1 winning pilot Bryony Frost confirms she will ride Martello Sky in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next Tuesday afternoon.

The Devon-born jockey tasted Festival success back in 2019 aboard Frodon in the Ryanair, who she also confirmed will await closer to the off before a decision on his potential Ultima appearance.

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Lucy Wadham’s grey finished 8th of 15 in the novice equivalent last campaign but has won four races since, two of which have been at Prestbury Park.

And Brost says she is relishing taking on the Irish contingent next Tuesday under the daughter of Martaline.

“I can confirm I’m back on now is Martello Sky in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle the same afternoon, and she’s one I’m really excited about”, Frost said.

“I’ve ridden Martello Sky whenever I’ve been able to, but when she beat the former Martin Pipe Hurdle winner Indefatigable in a decent handicap for mares at Cheltenham in December, and again when she won a Listed hurdle for mares at Sandown next time, it wasn’t with me on board.

Telmesomethinggirl is the current favourite for the Mares’ Hurdle

“I’d won on her at Market Rasen in October, and before that in a maiden hurdle at Fakenham last season, and luckily for me Lucy Wadham and the owners – a great bunch of people who race as The Sky Partnership – have been incredibly loyal to me.

“The betting for the race is headed by three mares who are all previous winners at the Festival – Telmesomethinggirl, Concertista and Burning Victory – which tells you how tough it’s going to be, but Martello Sky is a high-class mare herself and I think only Marie’s Rock, of Nicky Henderson’s, is a shorter price than her among the home-trained runners.

Burning Victory Cheltenham
Burning Victory is another Mares’ Hurdle contender who has previously won at Cheltenham

“She’s a dynamite little filly who loves the track, and I’d like to think she has a live each-way chance.”

Frost also gave an update on the chances of racegoers seeing the legendary Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon take part in his sixth Festival.

Frodon ridden by Bryony Frost in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse

“We will have to watch the forecast for Frodon, and it’s still a case of wait and see for my other possibilities at Cheltenham. The excitement is growing though, and I’ve got my fingers crossed there will be another nice chance or two.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.