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FRODON: King George winner ends season on high at Sandown

Kempton Park favourite Frodon enjoyed Graded victory across Surrey this weekend

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Frodon ridden by Bryony Frost in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse.

2020 King George hero Frodon closed the curtain on his season with a victory in the Grade 2 bet365 Oaksey Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday afternoon.

After his Boxing Day victory, Paul Nicholls’ charge had a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, finishing fifth at his specialist course of Prestbury Park.

But the son of Nickname has also made the Sunbury-on-Thames track a homely environment previously, taking the Pendil Novices’ Chase in 2017 before winning the Silviniaco Conti Chase fifteen months ago.

WATCH: KING GEORGE SUCCESSOR FRODON WINS HIS THIRD RACE OF THE CAMPAIGN IN THE OAKSEY CHASE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

And his undoubted finest hour arrived post-Christmas in Surrey when making all under usual pilot Bryony Frost to take the second leg of the National Hunt triple crown.

Bryony Frost riding Frodon (left) clear the last to win during King George VI Chase Day of the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames.
Bryony Frost riding Frodon (left) clear the last to win during King George VI Chase Day of the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames

Across the county at the weekend, he ensured that connections would end the campaign with a smile on their face when the battle-hardened warrior held off the challenge of the game Mister Fisher to one one better than his second at the course back in November 2017.

His handler Nicholls told Racing TV in the aftermath: “He’s an amazing horse. It’s been a real challenge getting him ready for today.

Frodon’s trainer Paul Nicholls was crowned champion trainer in Esher this weekend

“It’s been a bit of a challenge in getting him back because he did have a hard race at Cheltenham and he looked fantastic. For him he looked light enough but he had a hard race at Cheltenham and it probably just took a little bit away.

“Watching halfway through I thought he just looked a little bit flat today – he was a little bit flat out but he’s got a lot of class and he got away with it and galloped on strong.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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