Matchbook Ambassador Bryony Frost looks forward to her weekend rides at Kelso and Huntingdon.
It has been a good week so far. It was great to win on Brandon Castle at Plumpton on Monday, as I mentioned last time, and it was nice to win on Kristjano at Wincanton on Wednesday and in The Dellercheckout at Taunton on Thursday.
Patience paid off with Kristjano. He’ll jump a fence in time, but I was pleased to get his win over hurdles into him. He battled on well for me. It’s great to get a win for Dad and the family. You know how hard they work, you know how much it means to them. They really enjoyed this one.
The Dellercheckout did well in his first-time blinkers. The penny is dropping with him. I just got out in front on him and tried to get him into his rhythm. He stayed on well from the back of the last, and he won nicely. It was good to get this win into him, and hopefully, he can build on this now.
I’m off up to Kelso on Saturday to ride Black Corton in the listed chase. He hasn’t won yet this season, but his last two runs have been solid. He’s run right up to his mark.
His second to Top Notch two runs ago was a really decent run, over a trip that was too short for him, and he did well to finish second to Calipto last time. He had to give away nearly a stone to him and he nearly managed it.
That was only two weeks ago, but he loves his racing. He thrived on his racing last year. He’s a much happier horse when he’s going racing than when he’s standing in his box.
We have to give weight away to everything on Saturday as well, but we only have to give 3lb away and, on ratings, we should be able to do that. It’s a decent little race but I hope that Blackie will have to class to win it.
I’m at Huntingdon on Sunday, where I ride Little Millie in the mares’ maiden hurdle.
She ran a great race last time here. She’s really tough, it’s great to have her back in good form. She has had a few little hiccups in her races, but she ran a really game race last time. She comes alive at this time of year, she is happiest with the sun on her back. She’s still a maiden obviously, but she’s unlucky to be still a maiden, she keeps hitting the crossbar. Hopefully, she won’t be a maiden for much longer.
And I ride Holbrook Park in the long-distance handicap chase. He was pulled up last time at Sandown, but the ground was very soft that day. He’ll appreciate better ground.
That was his first run since December, so hopefully, he can come on a little bit from it. The small field should help him too, he should be able to get his own space. I hope that he can run well.