Bryony Frost made history when she became the first ever female jockey to win a Grade One race at Cheltenham Festival over jumps when she finished first past the post in the Ryanair Chase earlier this month, however just four days after her famous victory she broke her collarbone in a fall at Southwell whilst aboard Midnight Bliss. As such the jockey will miss out on an appearance at the 2019 Randox Health Grand National on April 6th.
Frost’s triumph at Cheltenham made headlines and she featured on ‘Woman’s Hour’ on BBC Radio 4 before taking to the turf at Southwell on Monday afternoon. The jockey chose to walk back to the weighing room following the fall but her injury was subsequently diagnosed by a specialist on Wednesday.
Frost said that she was taken aback by the support she received following her injury. She confirmed her injury in a statement:
“Yesterday I went to see an extremely good specialist in Cardiff where my X-ray results have shown that I’ve fractured my clavicle.
“I suffered a fracture previously which healed well under pressure. My body’s response from that fracture makes me positive for when I go back for my assessment in a fortnight’s time and a swift return.”
Frost finished fifth in the 2018 Grand National on Milansbar, however this runner isn’t guaranteed to make the cut this time around. The jockey chalked up her 100th win of her career just before her appearance at Cheltenham Festival.