BRYONY FROST received a “totally ridiculous” penalty after riding a brilliant winner at Cheltenham.
Sun Racing columnist Frost has been given a two-day suspension for her victory over Yala Enki in the £ 33,762 Grade 3 handicap chase at the home of the jumping races.
Horse trainer Paul Nicholls denounced the ban as “beyond me”, while the owners called it “totally unfair”.
Frost by 3-1 Yala Enki was a convincing 1¼ long winner over the 5-2 set favorite The Mighty Don in the 3m3½f chase.
But commissioners began an investigation immediately after the shooting after noticing something shortly after three fences in the house.
The official report says: “An investigation was made to consider the interference shortly after three fences were removed when the winner, YALA ENKI (FR), ridden by Bryony Frost, interfered with EMPIRE DE MAULDE (FR), third place, ridden by Brian Hughes.
“Frost was suspended for two days for careless driving while maneuvering left into the lane when he was not clear enough, which caused Hughes to make a check and switch to the right, causing him to come into contact with GO ANOTHER ONE (IRE) , which was in fourth place “.
Victory was still standing, but the owners of Yala Enki were furious stewards had come to that conclusion about Frost’s ride.
Owner Clive Hitchens told the Racing Post: “I have no satisfaction or pleasure in talking, but it has to be said.
“We are delighted with Yala Enki: it was a remarkable performance.
“It was very well received and I had a great day in Cheltenham with my family.
“It was not deliberate”
“But then I heard that Bryony had been suspended for two days and after watching the race several times when I got home, I thought it was totally ridiculous that the commissioners had made this trial.
“It was certainly not deliberate and did not affect the race.
“I thought it was a very unfair decision. Bryony made a tremendous run.
“She went through a lot of things and piling that up was also unfair.
“Are they saying we wouldn’t have won the race if she hadn’t done what she did?
“I spend a lot of money on races and the unfairness of the commissioners has led me to shine on a precious day for me.”
Nicholls told Frost – who is still in cloud nine after his stunning Down Royal win over Frodon – to appeal the ban, which begins Nov. 28.
The 12-time champion coach said on his website: “Bryony has given a fantastic ride to Yala Enki, who gets along so well with him. As it took two days to ‘close the door’ Brian Hughes is beyond me.
“If she let Brian go up inside, I wouldn’t be satisfied.
“AS GOOD A WALK AS YOU WILL SEE”
“” It was a tactical race at its best and after giving the horse a ride as good as you’ll ever see, giving it two days is totally ridiculous.
“Sometimes I wonder how things got and how decisions are made. I urge you to appeal.
“She put him at a lovely pace ahead, kept the revolutions going, set him on fire down the hill and easily defeated all the challengers after jumping the last fence.
“For an 11-year-old to carry the maximum weight of 12 pounds and thus gain the first time was fantastic.”
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