Bryony Frost booked for Milansbar as pair close in on Grand National dream

first_imgnews Harriet Tucker: ‘Cheltenham Festival winner was a childhood dream’ Quick guide Horse racing tips for Thursday 22 March But when the weights list for this year’s race was published last month, Milansbar was only 69th and clearly at risk of missing the cut. King stopped thinking about Aintree and ran the horse under other riders at Newcastle and then Uttoxeter.When a lengthy roll call of National withdrawals was published on Monday, King was stunned to find Milansbar had moved to within touching distance of the final field. The last horse to make the cut a year ago was 48th in the list at this stage, three slots lower than Milansbar. Read more Grand National Share on Facebook Hide Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Topics Share via Email Share on Twitter “It’s all systems go for the National,” King said, adding that he had the approval of Paul Nicholls, Frost’s main employer, to book her for the ride. “I’ve been saying for three years that he’s made for the National and the way things have been this year, we might even get soft ground for him.”King is grateful to the promising young amateur jockey Jack Andrews for giving Milansbar “a proper horseman’s ride” into second place in Saturday’s Midlands Grand National but noted that Andrews is not yet qualified to take part in the National. The horse has come out of that contest “in good shape” and will be freshened up in the expectation of making the final field at Aintree.“It’s very, very exciting,” said the Wiltshire-based King, who remembers getting “an armchair ride” over the famous green fences back in 1995, when he partnered Stay On Tracks into 14th place in the Fox Hunters. Frost has also had a couple of spins in the Fox Hunters, finishing fourth last year on Pacha Du Polder, but her profile has been raised enormously by a string of successes this season and a first Grand National ride would make her the centre of attention once again.Meanwhile Ruby Walsh confirmed that he will miss the National as a result of reinjuring a leg at last week’s Cheltenham Festival. The 38-year-old jockey hopes to be able to ride at the Punchestown Festival five weeks from now. Show center_img Wolverhampton 2.10 Annie Salts (nap) 2.40 Global Academy 3.15 Barnaby Brook 3.50 The Juggler 4.25 Raakid 4.55 Widnes 5.25 Madame Ritz 6.00 SurewhynotChepstow 2.20 Mr Lando 2.50 Dinos Benefit 3.25 This Is It 4.00 Saroque 4.35 Minellatillmorning 5.05 Vasco Du Mee 5.35 BarcalonaLudlow 2.30 Michael’s Mount 3.00 Tree Of Liberty 3.35 Silver Kayf 4.10 Tornado In Milan 4.45 Opening Batsman 5.15 Flashing Glance (nb) 5.50 Best To ComeChelmsford 5.45 Mossy’s Lodge 6.15 Sharp Operator 6.45 King Kevin 7.15 Red Touch 7.45 Kion 8.15 Mythical Spirit 8.45 Jack The TruthTips by Chris Cook. Horse racing Horse racing tips Aintree Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Bryony Frost will spend the next three weeks on tenterhooks, waiting to learn whether the horse she is booked to ride will be admitted to the Grand National field. It was confirmed on Wednesday that Frost will be aboard Milansbar in the race on 14 April so long as he makes the final cut of 40 runners, for which he needs five withdrawals from those rated higher than him.“We never thought in a month of Sundays he’d get a run,” Milansbar’s trainer, Neil King, said. The horse looked a Grand National contender when, with Frost riding for the first time, he won Warwick’s Classic Chase by 11 lengths in January, the same race used as a prep run by One For Arthur on his way to Aintree glory a year ago. Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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