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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.'