With the Grand National on the 14th April Bryony Frost will have the chance to cap a remarkable season at Aintree after she received the call from Neil King to partner Milansbar
Frost now faces a nervous wait as Milansbar needs five horses to come out of the world’s biggest jumps race to make the final field of 40 for the 14th April marathon.
Frost has partnered Milansbar just once before in public, when they won the Grade Three Warwick Classic Chase in January over a searching 3m5f trip.
The 11-year-old finished a gallant second last weekend in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter and trainer King makes no secret of the fact that he believes Milansbar is a credible Aintree contender.
“I’ve been saying for three years he is a perfect horse for the race and he has got such a lovely weight as well,” he said. “It also looks like we could get a soft-ground National, which would help him a lot, so it is very exciting.”
Frost won the Foxhunters Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year on the Paul Nicholls-trained Pacha Du Polder.
This year she has shot to further prominence, riding 31 winners and becoming the second woman after Lizzie Kelly to ride a Grade One winner when she steered Black Corton to win the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton over Christmas.
She’ll be hoping her Warwick success in January is a good omen for Milansbar, with that race previously won by last year’s Aintree hero, One For Arthur.
If she makes it Merseyside, Frost will have the chance to better Katie Walsh’s third on Seabass six years ago, the highest-placed finish by a female rider to date, whilst also seeking to emulate her father Jimmy, who rode the 1989 winner Little Polveir.
Grand National Latest Odds
Milansbar is a 50/1 chance to win the Grand National. Blaklion is 10/1 for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, while Tiger Roll, winner of Cheltenham’s Cross Country race, is 14/1 for Gordon Elliott.
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