Sunday 28th April 2019
Myles McDevitt – UCFB Multimedia Sports Journalism Student
The curtain came down on a memorable Jumps season yesterday at Sandown Park. Champions were crowned and a fitting celebration of all good things National Hunt.
To say it hasn’t been an controversial Jumps season would be an understatement. The flu outbreak didn’t help but credit must go to the BHA on how they handled the situation.
Richard Johnson was crowned Champion Jockey for the fourth time with Paul Nicholls crowned Champion Trainer. Champion conditional Jockey went to Bryony Frost who along with Frodon and Paisley Park delivered Cheltenham’s finest hour in March.
Frost was also on hand to drive out Black Corton to a outstanding victory in the Oaksey Chase. The crowd’s reception to her victory yesterday shows how much she is proving popular and loved in the sport.
Altior also made an appearance yesterday and whilst Sceau Royal gave him another run for his money, Altior was superior. Trainer Nicky Henderson confirmed that he would go up in trip with the King George on Boxing Day the target.
Altior was in contention for Horse of the year but that went to Tiger Roll who won his second Grand National this month. The first since Red Rum 45 years ago. The Grand National though still proving unpopular with anti-horse racing organisations with calls to be banned after the death of Up for Review but the BHA have promised they will launch a review into the race.
National Hunt racing still proves to be popular amongst the public. What a fantastic season. Roll on the Flat.