Good month for local stables

Jimmy Frost looking forward to a different Cheltenham Festival

Jimmy Frost looking forward to a different Cheltenham Festival - Credit: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

It is very difficult for Devon’s smaller stables during these unprecedented times.  
Racing students, therefore, sat up and took notice when Buckfastleigh trainer and former Grand National-winning jockey Jimmy Frost sent one of his stables, The Braec,  all the way to Leicester on February 18.  
It was even more noticeable that it was a race the horse won in 2020 and that daughter Bryony was engaged to ride.  
The Braec duly obliged and the nine-hour round trip from Devon seemed well worth it when listening to a jubilant Jimmy on the way home. 
As highlighted in last week’s edition, Ashburton trainer Chris Honour is a former stable jockey for Jimmy Frost and is now making a real fist of training himself.  
His stable star, Grumpy Charley, won a competitive event at Chepstow on Thursday, February 25 and subsequently guaranteed himself a place at the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival.  
This is a great achievement for a new stable in its first proper season. 
That revered Festival is now two weeks away and, although the trains from Newton Abbot and Exeter will not as normal be packed with racegoers, there will still be many supporters taking their holidays to watch ITV Racings extended and ever-improving coverage with, for the first time in history, every race that takes place between Tuesday, March 16 and Friday, March 19 inclusive will be shown live. 
For Bryony Frost and her beloved Frodon in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Chris Honour making his first appearance as a trainer, the tension is already building, even without the crowds there to watch, as they plan to take on Ireland’s finest Champions in the equine field.