Bryony Frost ruled out of Grand National meeting after suffering fractured collarbone in fall four days on from Cheltenham heroics… but hopes to back before end of season
- Jockey Bryony Frost broke a collarbone in a fall at Southwell on Monday
- She was the first female jockey to win a Grade One over jumps at Cheltenham
- Frost has won 49 races this season but will miss the Grand National on April 6
Bryony Frost is hoping to be back before the end of the season after it was confirmed she broke a collarbone in a fall at Southwell on Monday.
The fracture means Frost, 23, will miss the Grand National on April 6 but it had looked like she was struggling to pick up a ride in the race her father Jimmy won on Little Polveir in 1989.
Frost, who has ridden 49 winners this season, became the first female jockey to ride a Grade One winner over jumps at the Cheltenham Festival when successful on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase.
Bryony Frost has fractured her collarbone, which rules her out of the Grand National meeting
Guidelines issued by The Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) suggest the average recovery time from a fractured collarbone – or clavicle – is 34 days, although Frost says she is hopeful for a ‘swift return’.
Given the three-day Aintree Festival starts in exactly a fortnight, she looks set to miss that.
The end-of-season finale is on April 27 at Sandown, meaning there is a chance she could recover in time to try to ride her 50th season winner.
Frost is just short of £1million prize money, marking a significant rise from last year when she rode 38 winners.
Her success on Frodon last Thursday catapulted her into the headlines, with racing making a rare appearance on the front pages.
She made headlines as the first female jockey to win a Grade One over jumps at Cheltenham
In a statement issued by Matchbook, she said: ‘I’ve been taken aback by all the support I’ve received since Monday. It makes you aware how many people are running with you when you hold out your hand and see who reaches out to help and pull you up.
‘The racing world is an extremely caring one. Although we are all strangers within it we become a family when we need each other and that’s the beauty of it.
‘On Wednesday 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.’