After talking about Frodon in depth with his owner Paul Vogt we have taken the decision to retire him. He has been a legend for Team Ditcheat since he joined us from France as a three year old in late 2015.
It was the right thing to do after his final run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. He led for a while and ran his usual solid race but doesn’t quite have the legs these days and was last of the five to finish.
Frodon has been a fantastic horse for us and has won so many different races. He was successful in the Victor Ludorum Hurdle on his second start for us at Haydock in February 2016, was a revelation over fences and gave everything every time he raced.
He forged a brilliant partnership with Bryony who likes to call him Pegasus. They shared so many superb days together including the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, the King George VI in 2020, the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal in 2021 and the Badger Beer under top weight at Wincanton in November last year. I will never forget the stunning reception they received at our local track that day.
When you look at Frodon’s record down the years you will understand why I wouldn’t mind a few more like him. He won seventeen times over fences for us, once over hurdles and earned almost £1.2 million in prize money.
I’m delighted that Cheltenham have invited Frodon to make his final public appearance at their New Year’s Day meeting on Monday.
He will missed by everyone involved with Team Ditcheat when he leaves for Devon in particular Michelle Kramer who has looked after him for many years. The great thing is that he is finishing in one piece and will have a lovely time in retirement with Bryony on Dartmoor alongside his old stable mate Black Corton.