A week on from Bryony Frost’s bullying verdict and things remains cold in the weighing room

It’s simply gone 11.30am and the parade ring at Uttoxeter Racecourse is circled by those that know their National Hunt racing.

This is a day for aficionados, a provincial monitor in the Staffordshire countryside the place the floor is hock deep. The high quality of a aggressive card is modest — there aren’t any potential Cheltenham stars on present right here — however there’s star high quality amongst the riders.

One jockey, in specific, can rely on loads of backing: Bryony Frost. There she is, in the purple silks with the pink stars sporting the orange cap, and she has simply been given the leg up on Brandisova, in the opening mares’ novices hurdle.

Sportsmail went to Uttoxeter a week after Bryony Frost's bullying verdict that rocked racing


Sportsmail went to Uttoxeter a week after Bryony Frost’s bullying verdict that rocked racing

Frost was the victim of prolonged bullying from weighing room colleague Robbie Dunne

Frost was the sufferer of extended bullying from weighing room colleague Robbie Dunne

‘Go on, Bryony!’ chirps one older gentleman, as she trots Brandisova — educated by her ally Lucy Wadham — on to the course. The public have an affinity with Frost. She has infectious enthusiasm and a bubbly persona; she wins huge races on standard horses and is the type of character that may be capable to draw in a brand new viewers to this sport.


But the public are additionally together with her over the ordeal to which she was not too long ago subjected. Frost was the sufferer of extended bullying from weighing room colleague Robbie Dunne, who verbally abused her, threatened to inflict bodily injury and, on one event, uncovered himself to her.

Dunne was final week discovered to be in breach of 4 counts of conduct prejudicial to the popularity of horse racing and has been banned for 18 months. It was stated by Louis Weston, a barrister representing the British Horseracing Authority in the case, that the weighing room’s tradition is ‘sour and rancid’.

Emotions have been operating excessive since, so Sportsmail went to look at Frost on her first rides of the week. The intention was to ask various riders in the event that they agreed with that damning description of the weighing room, and what empathy they’d for the 26-year-old.

Daryl Jacob, a Grand National winner, refused to speak to Sportsmail about Frost's case


Daryl Jacob, a Grand National winner, refused to talk to Sportsmail about Frost’s case

What adopted was each outstanding and revealing. Daryl Jacob is certainly one of the senior National Hunt jockeys, a Grand National winner with a c.v. filled with big-race triumphs. In between races two and three, we approached him to see if we might have a chat.

‘I wanted to ask you about Bry…’ Before the sentence had been accomplished, the dialog was over.

‘No!’ he stated, firmly, with a glare. ‘No,’ he repeated, storming to the weighing room door and slamming it shut.

A few moments later the door opened and a couple of units of eyes had been peering out. Photographer Andy Hooper and I moved on as much as the parade ring. We had been met by two officers from Uttoxeter Racecourse.

‘Why are you here?’ was the repeated tone of the questioning. It was evident that our presence was not needed, a lot so {that a} safety guard, full with a digicam on his physique armour, was — to make use of some racing parlance — by no means greater than a few lengths away from Andy.

‘Don’t converse to the jockeys,’ was the order. ‘Let them get on with their jobs.’ 

Two officials and a security guard at Uttoxeter told Sportsmail not to speak to the jockeys

Two officers and a safety guard at Uttoxeter informed Sportsmail to not converse to the jockeys

Racing can stay silent however that received’t cease the proven fact that its greatest story of the 12 months has put it entrance and centre for all the mistaken causes. Frost stated she felt ‘isolated’ after she went to the Professional Jockeys Association together with her subject and, if this can be a snapshot, you may perceive why.

So, if jockeys had been off limits, racegoers weren’t. It led us to Tony and Katie Yates, an affable couple from close by Stoke, who had come for a pre-Christmas day trip. They had adopted Frost’s case from begin to end and had some robust views.

‘When you seeing bullying, in any walk of life, it makes you see red,’ stated Tony. ‘What happened to Bryony should not have gone on. It would have been bad enough if it was an issue between two blokes but this was even worse. We fully support her.

‘I hope she can put it behind her and carry on with her job. It must be hard for all the girls in that environment. Maybe there is some jealousy towards her for what she has achieved and how she comes across? But she likes to talk and wants to talk — and she’s a bloody good rider.’

If this is the culture that Frost (No 2) dealt with, it is easy to understand why she felt so isolated

If that is the tradition that Frost (No 2) handled, it’s straightforward to know why she felt so remoted

Neither Brandisova, who tailed off behind the symbolically named winner Letthetruthbeknown, nor Will Sting, her mount in the fourth race who was pulled up, gave her the likelihood to indicate off her abilities in the saddle.

But, nonetheless, she stopped to have a dialog and a selfie with Katie Yates regardless.

‘You have a lovely day now,’ stated Frost, as the pair parted.

There will likely be higher days forward for Frost, who subsequent week will companion defending champion Frodon in the King George.

But if there are to be higher days for the picture of National Hunt racing, the partitions which were constructed in some components of the weighing room want tearing down.

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