History-making jockey Bryony Frost will be looking to ride her first-ever winner at Cartmel Racecourse today when she teams up with Canyon City.

Frost will be one of the star names in what is the feature race of the first meeting of the season at Cartmel, the £20,000 Oakmere Homes Handicap Hurdle.

Frost and Canyon City has already been a winning combination this year, as she rode him to an impressive victory in the Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park two weeks ago.

Canyon City’s trainer Neil King said: “That was a very good performance and he has come out of the race well. There is not really much for him, but the Cartmel race fits the bill perfectly so he will definitely run and Bryony rides him again”.

Frost became the first female jockey to ride a Grade One winner when she came first on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase during the Cheltenham Festival in March, but the 23-year-old was forced to miss the Grand National due to a broken Collarbone suffered at Southwell the following week.

This will be only her fifth ride at Cartmel, but she’s come very close to being first past the post in previous visits, recording second, third and fourth-place finishes.

Canyon City arrives at the South Lakes course in great form, as before winning at Haydock, he put up another bold effort when sixth in the valuable Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National meeting last month.

At his best on good ground or better, King is hoping that the forecast rain this weekend does not affect the going too much should it materialise, although there should be few worries on that score after the recent dry spell.

Canyon City is not King’s only hope of a Cartmel winner this weekend as he intends to run course specialist Princeton Royale on Monday in the Cartmel Lodge Park Handicap Chase. In three previous visits, the gelding has racked up two wins and a second and is likely to be a major force.