Giant steps to Gold Cup again

Simon Hunt hopes The Giant Bolster can run a big race in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup for a third consecutive year.

Hunt owns the gelding along with Gary Lambton and saw his pride and joy finish second to Synchronised in 2012 and run fourth behind Bobs Worth 12 months ago.

After three fairly ordinary efforts this season, trainer David Bridgwater coaxed The Giant Bolster back to form to win the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January.

"It all came right in the Argento and I was just so pleased for the horse, who showed what he's all about," said Hunt.

"He was second in the Gold Cup when AP (McCoy) gave Synchronised a fantastic ride and he didn't let himself down last year."

Asked if he gave the horse a chance this time, Hunt said: "I'd like to think so. If we're somewhere in the mix turning in, the way he roars up that hill, we'll be in with a shout."