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CHELTENHAM: 'Frodon has got his day. He is Pegasus, he has wings!'
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CHELTENHAM: 'Frodon has got his day. He is Pegasus, he has wings!'
on 14 March 2019
A recap of all the winners and the reactions on a hugely emotional Thursday at the Festival features

"He's amazing. He's very, very tough and his jumping is fantastic. Sometimes these smaller horses are better at the whole thing because they are more athletic." Philip Hobbs

"My three kids are at home watching - Síofra, Órla and Rian. Órla's class had the TV on in the classroom for the last race, so I hope they had it in for this race as well." Barry Geraghty

"Frodon has got his day. He is Pegasus, he has wings, and he is the most incredible battler. He travelled and by God he jumps. When he got overtaken two out, most horses would quit, but he grabbed me by the hands and said 'don't you dare give up, don't you dare not send me into the last, I want this more than you, now come on!' A ecstatic Bryony Frost after winning the Ryanair Chase.

"He is the perfection of determination. Look at what he has done there and tell me he does not love racing. He is unbelievable. The dream he has just made come true for me is just incredible. He deserves every single pat, carrot and polo. This is his day." Bryony will not stop talking!

"We had to be brave. He grabs a hold and he tells you to give it to him. Down to the last we were beat. He would not lie down. It's a lesson for us. Sometimes you might go down but you've got to get up and get going again, and at the last he was just magic." More Bryony..

"That is one of the best days ever. Frodon is a brilliant horse. That was awesome - I lost my voice a bit! It hasn't been easy to get him right." Paul Nicholls

“"This is fantastic and a real dream for me. I cannot believe it has happened. I hope it’s the first of many, let’s keep coming back. We are so chuffed and we're all in tears.” Paisley Park's owner Andrew Gemmill

"It's different gravy. It's just a different level. People are giving three cheers for Paisley Park! It's just phenomenal for everyone. All the lads are at home watching on TV. It's amazing. Watching the race we wondered if he was too far out of his ground, but Aidan (Coleman) knew what he had and said he still got there too soon. These real true stayers need to travel off the bridle, and then they need to find it when asked. That's what he's done. " Trainer Emma Lavelle

"It was a strange thing when I crossed the line because my first thought was when my best friend, Campbell Gillies, had his best day here a few years ago.

For whatever reason, when I passed the line, he was the first person I thought of. He was a great friend of mine and I just want his family to know that, although he died a few years ago now, he is always there in our hearts." Aidan Coleman

"Andrew is a massive sports enthusiast and an ultimate gentleman, win lose or draw. He just a terribly nice fellow and an absolute gentleman. He's a pleasure to be around, to be associated with and I am just very thankful and honoured to be able to give him this opportunity." Coleman again

"I watched Bryony and thought 'that was my game plan!' He travelled really well and by God, he jumped. He is an absolute monster and will come on from that as well.

It was fantastic watching Bryony. She and Rachael are excellent jockeys and are making us perform better. I am delighted we have a really good girls' weighing room at the moment. With three winners this week, it is very good."

Me and him [Siruh Du Lac] work well together because I love that sort of heart on your sleeve type of ride; it works for me and it works for him."

Lizzie Kelly

"You need all the help you can get here and Derek was marvellous on him all the way. It's over 20 years since I won here with Commanche Court and over 40 since I rode Castleruddery and Prolan, and I love everything about it here.

I only rode four winners here and I thought it was great, but Ruby can ride four winners in a day. That's how different it is. But every year it seems to get better here. Some places lose their charm, but everything they have done here has improved it. It's magnificent. It's magic. I've been racing all over the world, but there's nowhere like Cheltenham. This is on a planet of its own." Ted Walsh after his success in the Kim Muir


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