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.
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.
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.
“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.