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  • 13:30 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase2m 5f

  • £20,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £12,524 2nd £3,700 3rd £1,850 4th £926
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 30.88s
  • Off time: 13:30:22

The Giant bolsters reputation

David Bridgewater gelding on top

Last Updated: 29/01/11 6:12pm

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The Giant Bolster: Gutsy winner

The Giant Bolster: Gutsy winner

David Bridgewater's The Giant Bolster landed a gamble in the Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Given a fine ride by Rodi Greene, the six-year-old gelding shouldered top-weight to victory to record a popular 5-1 success, having been a bigger price in the morning.

Bridgwater said: "I think this is a very good horse and it's all about looking after him for the next two years, by which time he'll be mixing it with the very best.

"Rodi gave him a fantastic ride and he's crying out for three miles. I think he'll go to the RSA Chase with a right shout and I'll wrap him up until then."

Runner-up Vino Griego (7-1) probably spoiled his chance by jumping poorly, with a bad error at the third-last halting his momentum.

He jumped the last in-front but was out-pointed late on by the winner.

Pearlysteps (8-1) was another to jump badly throughout, but ran on well after a mistake at the last for third.

Favourite Shakalakaboomboom, sent off at 5-2, never looked like winning having been held up in the early stage of the race.

Doubly entered at the Festival, the winner is 20/1 from 33s with Sky Bet for the Jewson and has been introduced at 25/1 for the RSA Chase, his most likely target of his three Festival entries.

Sky Bet spokesman Matt Doyle said: 'David Bridgwater believes The Giant Bolster is a serious Gold Cup horse of the future and crying out for 3m making the RSA Chase not the Jewson his most likely target at the Festival in March.'

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