• Frost unafraid of return after stamping by horse
• ‘A lot of people will be there, willing us on,’ says jockey
Bryony Frost, who turned professional in July 2017, riding in a steeplechase at Aintree last April Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian
Bryony Frost returns to action at Newton Abbot on Monday, three months after sustaining injuries in a fall at the Devon track that could have killed her.
The 23-year-old, fired to prominence by a series of big-race successes last winter, was stamped on by a horse after what looked an innocuous tumble on 6 July, fracturing her sternum and causing an aneurysm in her pancreatic artery.
“I could have been a cooked cookie if I’d ridden the next day and it had burst,” she reflected afterwards. But her medical advisers are now satisfied that she has made a complete recovery.
“I’m prepared, I’m ready, my body feels as strong as it’s ever been. I’m excited, I’m pumped,” she said on Sunday. “It’s exciting to be back racing, especially at a local track. A lot of people will be there, willing us on.”
Nor will Frost allow any space in her mind for the thought that this is the same course where she was injured. “Ah, you’re gonna have lots of tracks you’ve had falls at. That’s the name of the game. I’ve had falls there before, so it’s nothing new.
“At the end of the day, my horse and riding him in races is worth any risk to me. It’s literally what I get up in the morning for. It’s what’s making my heart beat. There’s not a feeling in my life that matches the feeling when I’m with my horse and I get into that rhythm with him and we’re just cruising along and you turn in with a chance, you make him believe he’s got a chance and he gives you everything. There’s not a partnership, there’s no other satisfaction in the world that gives that to you, when you can be one with him like that.”
Frost’s first ride back will be in a hurdle race on Atlantic Grey, a recent arrival at the Buckfast stable of her father, Jimmy. “He’s a lovely little horse, won there last time but this is a big step up in grade. I gave him a school this morning, he jumped really well and seems really happy. It’s gonna be nice to be let go and canter off down to the start on one of Dad’s.”
Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien has indicated that his St Leger winner, Kew Gardens, is a likely runner in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, for which he is available at 16-1. The trainer also expects to leave Hunting Horn and Capri in the race at Monday’s entry stage, with a decision about Magical yet to be made.Quick guide
Chris Cook's tips for MondayShow Hide
2.00 Red Saree 2.30 Royal Variety (nb) 3.05 Smart Champion 3.35 Dr Doro 4.10 Debatable 4.40 Highway Robber 5.10 Colour Contrast
2.10 Michaels Choice 2.45 Andalusite 3.15 Gentle Look 3.50 Lopito 4.20 Archimedes 4.55 Artic Nel 5.30 Ferrier 6.00 Pike Corner Cross
2.20 Let’s Sway (nap) 2.55 Risk And Roll 3.25 Motueka 4.00 I’dliketheoption 4.30 Atlantic Grey 5.05 Mash Potato
5.45 Gulland Rock 6.15 Lufricia 6.45 Red October 7.15 Knowing 7.45 Qaroun 8.15 Parting Clouds 8.45 Contingency Fee 9.15 Looking For Carl
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