Frodon overcame top weight and made his first run back from a wind operation, a winning one, in the Grade Two Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase at Aintree.
Eight went to post for this 2 ½ mile chase.
Templehills landed over the first in front and continued to set the pace from Frodon and Value At Risk, with the field closely bunched.
With five fences negotiated, Templehills held a length lead from Frodon and Value At Risk, with Voix D’Eau to the inside and then Javert and Cloudy Dream, who had made a succession of errors.
With a circuit to race, Templehills continued to lead Frodon.
As the field raced down the back, Frodon took the initiative, with Templehills still there to the inside.
Five out and Frodon again asserted, with Value At Risk poised on the outside.
Turning for home, Frodon had plenty of potnetial challengers, headed by Value At Risk, Theo and Javert, with Cloudy Dream racing wider.
But Frodon and Bryony Frost continued to race well and heading to the last, extended their advantage under top weight.
In behind, Javert and Cloudy Dream were not giving up.
But Frodon gamely found more for Frost to hold off Javert by about a length, with Cloudy Dream running on well in third.
Frodon is still only six and was continuing the fine form of Paul Nicholls.