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Bolster back to his best

The Giant Bolster, second and fourth in the last two Gold Cups, returned to winning ways in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham.

Trainer David Bridgwater has been left scratching his head lately as the nine-year-old continually disappointed in his races despite showing all his old ability at home.

However, fitted with a hood and a visor, Tom Scudamore was able to settle him out the back as Restless Harry, Champion Court and Houblon Des Obeaux put the pace to the race.

Turning in plenty had chances but The Giant Bolster (6-1) and Rocky Creek were going best at the last, and Bridgwater's stable star stayed on strongest to win by seven lengths.

Harry Topper was once again let down by his jumping but flew home to just be denied second.

Scudamore said: "I'm delighted for Bridgy and all the owners, they never lost faith in him.

"They wanted to try something different, we've talked about headgear for a while and it's worked. We always knew he was good it was about getting his head right.

"He's a bit like his trainer - he's a bit odd!"

Bridgwater said: "If you looked at his form you'd say he was a certainty.

"He's got so much ability but he got beaten in a handicap hurdle off 145 and I don't know how that happened.

"It's emotional stuff and he's got to be back in the mix for the Gold Cup. Someone has got to finish third or fourth and we'll be happy with that."

Paul Nicholls said of Rocky Creek: "He's run like he's needed it, I had a bit of a problem with him after the Hennessy and where we go now I'm not sure. Daryl (Jacob) got off and said go for the National so we'll have to think about it."