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Tom Scudamore: The Giant Bolster puts in best ever run ahead of Gold Cup

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

Tom Scudamore on The Giant Bolster sandwiched by AP McCoy on Synchronised (left) and Sam Waley-Cohen on Long Run

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The Giant Bolster gave me a terrific ride in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday and he will come on a ton for that. It was his best ever run and he would have to be a live contender for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He did not enjoy the ground, which again improves his performance.

I was also delighted with Gevrey Chambertin. For a four-year-old to give away a penalty is a very good performance. He is just a baby still and he has a lot of strengthening up to do. It bodes well for the future.

Knight's Pass was a little disappointing in the fixed brush hurdle, but he is still a horse to follow for the rest of the season.

I will be at Newbury at some stage during its three-day meeting and I'm looking forward to the Hennessy. It is a brilliant race and I think Bobs Worth is the one to beat. The way the second season novices' are coming on, he has to have a huge chance.

David Pipe runs The Package who did well to win the Badger Beer at Wincanton but the Hennessy is in a different class and he would have to improve a lot to come into the reckoning. He would be a horse beaten 20 lengths on the 2011 running, that is how good a race it is and he would have to put up the performance of his life to feature.

There's been a lot of talk about Long Run, and if he was mine, I wouldn't change a thing. He was beaten by Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday and you have to remember this is a very good horse.

Long Run is a Gold Cup and King George winner but he met a below par Kauto Star, when he beat him in the King George in 2011, and a below par Denman, when he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2011 by seven lengths.

He is a good consistent horse and he runs at a consistent level, but there are better horses than him, and people need to accept that he is simply not in the same league as the Kauto Stars and Denmans of this world. It would make no difference at all to his performances if you changed his jockey. It is the easiest job in the world riding a good horse and if Sam Waley-Cohen was not on him, a different jockey would get the same performance out of him and it would not make him a yard quicker.

Sam is also a very good amateur, and you cannot take away the fact that he has won a King George and a Gold Cup – there are not many jockeys who have done that.

It has been a very quiet week for racing, with all the flooding, but I've been down to David's to school every morning. I schooled a bunch of Malcolm Denmark's youngsters on Tuesday.

Sadly, the quiet week is going to continue into next week too for me.

I've picked up a ten-day ban – two for the stick and one for careless riding – so I will not be at Exeter next Friday.

It is going to end up a very expensive time as I'll take my wife Lottie to London for the day to do some Christmas shopping. Then the tables will be turned as she will get the stick out to get me to do some work around the farm. The rest of the time I'll be sulking!

Exeter's first December meeting on Friday, December 7 will be a mix of festive fun and top sporting action and the perfect choice for seasonal celebrations. The first race is off at 12.50pm. There is a free bus service from Exeter St David's railway station at 11.20am and Exeter Bus & Coach Station at 11.35am. The bus returns 30 minutes after the last race. A Local Christmas Package is available at both meetings and includes a Chunks pie, made in Exeter, a pint of Otter Ale, brewed in Devon, Grandstand and Paddock admission, a racecard and a betting voucher, all for £23. Tickets are available from £13 if booked in advance and those wishing to dine in style, the restaurant costs from £69pp, including admission. Children aged 17 and under race free. For more details on getting into the festive spirit at Exeter Racecourse, contact the office on 01392 832599 or email exeter@thejockeyclub.co.uk

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