Frodon gave his local audience a pleasure when he galloped his competitors into submission in the 61st running of the West Country feature by staying close to home rather than making a return trip to Down Royal.

Lord Accord, who lost the race after making a mistake at the last fence, and Cap Du Nord were defeated by the heavily favoured 9-4 horse, who made the majority of the running to give Bryony Frost her third victory of the race.

The Badger Beer race, which was postponed for five minutes due to worries about slick ground, saw champion trainer Paul Nicholls record his 11th victory.

Frodon took the lead outright coming into the final circuit after initially sharing it with El Presente. Shortly after, his highly anticipated stablemate Enrilo exited while in a strong third place position.

After that, the heavyweight was not in the mood to give up and found a little more when Lord Accord put up a fight on the finish line to win by two and a half lengths.

Bryony Frost punched the air as she went past the stands and returned to rapturous applause. She told ITV Racing: “I can’t wait for the local crowd to take the roof off here. Frodon is as he always is season in season out. You wrap yourself in his demeanour, he’s just so hungry to win.”

“As usual, our tactics were transparent and we were there to be shot at. I know it was greasy out there and it took all of his intelligence to help me and that was probably one of his trickiest rounds. Paul said to me this morning to put them to the sword and he’s done just that.”

Nicholls said: “That was an amazing performance. We were a bit negative about him at home as he galloped with Greanteteen the other day and looked a bit ordinary but on reflection that was a good bit of work. He’s just a legend of a horse. I’m glad we came here today as we couldn’t go to Ireland because of the ground.”

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