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The rides jockey Bryony Frost will have at Cheltenham Festival

Talented jockey Bryony Frost landed the biggest win of her career at Cheltenham two years ago – and will be hoping to record another famous win this year.

Frost, one of the most charismatic jockeys in jump racing, is the most successful female national hunt rider in British history – with a staggering 182 wins to her name.

She also made history by becoming the first female jockey to ride a top-level winner at the Cheltenham Festival on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase in 2019 and the pair sealed a second Grade 1 success when dominating the King George at Kempton in December.

And four-time Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Paul Nicholls believes Frodon is a "great each-way price" for the festival showpiece on Friday week – especially with Frost onboard.

Speaking on a Betfair Cheltenham preview, he said: "Frodon loves Cheltenham, loves going left-handed and King George winners have a habit of winning the Gold Cup.

"Cheltenham is his track – he’s a professional around there – and Bryony is really up for it."

Who will she ride in the Gold Cup?

Bryony Frost and Frodon leading from start to finish has become a familiar sight in big races, but the most successful female rider in the history of British jump racing has said that she is aware of the need for greater versatility as she looks ahead to the Gold Cup.

Paul Nicholls is seeking a record-equalling fifth win, alongside Arkle's trainer Tom Dreaper, in the meeting's feature contest – 12 years on from his last success with Kauto Star.

Frodon already has six wins to his name at Cheltenham and it would not surprise Nicholls if he could take his form up to an even higher level under Frost.

"They are a match made in heaven and they do get on particularly well," he told Mirror Racing.

"She and Frodon have gone a long way and there is definitely a rapport between them. You wouldn’t want her not being on him. She knows him well.

"She was saying this morning how much of a turn of foot he has got. It’s the biggest race he will ever run in his life and he deserves to be there."

Previous Cheltenham Festival winners

2019 Frodon Ryanair Chase

2017 Pacha Du Polder St James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase

How did Bryony Frost make history?

Bryony Frost became the first female to win a Grade 1 at Cheltenham Festival on March 14 2019.

Her victory came on the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old Frodon in the Ryanair Chase.

Bryony had previously won at the festival in 2017 as an amateur as she rode Pacha Du Polder to victory in the Foxhunter.

Her first Grade 1 win came in December 2018 on Black Corton in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase.

As well as Paul Nicholls, she has also ridden for her Grand National-winning father Jimmy Frost and Neil King, along with the odd ride for several other trainers.

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