Bryony Frost enjoyed the perfect boost on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival after Myplaceatmidnight became her 100th winner under rules at Plumpton on Monday.
The Grade One-winning rider expressed her delight after reaching the milestone aboard the Neil King-trained seven-year-old in the starsports.Bet “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.
Having steered the son of Midnight Legend to victory at Wincanton earlier in the campaign, the 23-year-old repeated the feat with a three-and-a-half-length success in the extended two-and-a-half-mile contest.
Frost said: “It’s really cool to get it and I’m delighted, as I’ve still only got a conditional licence.
“Dad (Jimmy Frost) said at the start of the season it would be good if you get to 30 winners by New Year’s Eve this season, and now I’ve ridden over 40. I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep moving forward.
“I’ve got a log book at home of all my rides, from my first ride to today. It has the horse I’ve ridden, where he finished and who the owner and trainer was. It’s cool to look back on when you reach these sort of things.”
On the 4-6 winner she added: “He was quite short odds, but it was quite a tight little race. He missed two out, but he jumped the last really well and stayed on well. He is a lovely horse and Neil’s yard is flying at the moment.”
While Frost’s skills in the saddle have earned her plenty of praise since enjoying turning professional in July 2017, she admits she is only her where she is thanks to the support she has received.
She added: “I say it all the time, but I wouldn’t be talking to you right now about riding my 100th winner if it wasn’t through the support I’ve had with the likes of Paul Nicholls, Neil King and other trainers.
“My agent Dave (Roberts) organises my life and makes sure I’m in the right place at the right time.
“It is a team thing and jockeys only do the last piece of the jigsaw by themselves. You can’t do it without the support of the horse, owner and trainer behind you.”
Of those horses that have played an integral role in helping her reach her current position, it is still her achievements with Black Corton that stand head and shoulders above everything else.
She said: “Just to be associated with horses like Black Corton, Present Man, Old Guard and Frodon is great and I’ve been lucky to have some good horses hold my hand and help me climb the ladder.
“There won’t be another partnership I have like with Blackie (Black Corton) as he was the one who helped me showcase what I can do and improved me as a jockey.”
There could be more for Frost to cheer about at Cheltenham on Tuesday should Brandon Castle take the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, while later in the week she hopes old ally Frodon, who looks to be heading for the Ryanair Chase, can deliver the goods again.
She added: “Brandon Castle has only been over hurdles three times at Plumpton, but take nothing away from him he has done nothing wrong. He deserves to take his chance and is only a novice once.
“We are looking like going for the Ryanair with Frodon as the weather is closing in. It looks like it will turn soft and that will make it hard work, but he is the most determined horse.
“If I’ve got to ask him his biggest question it is great to do it on his favourite track.”