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Cheltenham previews in brief: Boisterous and cocky Frodon is raring to go, says Bryony Frost

Big win: Frost and Frodon last year PICTURE: GETTY

Boisterous and cocky Frodon is raring to go, says Bryony

BRYONY FROST retains complete faith in her 2019 Ryanair Chase hero Frodon as they prepare to defend their crown today. Frost became the first female jockey to lift a Grade One title over jumps at the Festival and although conceding the race is a tougher assignment this year, she still believes the eight-year-old can prevail. ‘He’s A1, he’s squealing and he’s boisterous,’ said the 24-year-old. ‘He’s getting extremely cocky — everything you want out of a horse that’s going to go to one of the biggest tests in the racing calendar. Can we do it again? We’ve got to believe we can. Only the bravest come out on top.’

Popular Faugheen can raise the roof with third triumph

FAUGHEEN will bid to strike Festival gold for the third time when he lines up in the Marsh Novices’ Chase today. He won the Ballymore Hurdle in 2014 before leading home a one-two-three for Willie Mullins in the Champion Hurdle 12 months later. There have been a few bumps in the road since then but the revitalised 12-year-old has rolled back the years this season with a hat-trick of wins over fences.