If you want to know what sitting on a good horse in a big race at Cheltenham is like, listen to Bryony Frost, who rides like a psychologist and talks like a poet.
“It’s a partnership that you won’t find in this world,” Frost begins, summoning those moments when travelling in a race is bliss. “You’re at one with your horse and you’re asking him to be brave. He’s asking you to be brave. You have to find the connection there. And when you come to two out with a chance, and he’s giving you everything, and you’re giving him everything, there is no better feeling than when you connect like that.
“The rhythm and the stride when you connect: he relaxes, and the only thing in it is you and him. You just do what you need to do, feeling his breathing, feeling his stride, the whole world blocks out. To me there is no better place I can be in my life than when I’m with my horse and riding him.”
This is an interview not with a woman jockey but a top National Hunt rider blessed with unfeasible talent and charisma. The distinction is important, because gender is incidental to what Frost brings to jump racing.