Two days of excitement await owner Hunt

The Giant Bolster
The Giant Bolster

Liberal dashes of thrills and excitement will be spread over two days for Northampton-based owner Simon Hunt at the weekend.

Hunt will be at Haydock Park on Saturday when The Giant Bolster makes his seasonal reappearance in his colours when contesting the 3m 1f Betfred Chase – a race in which he finished third last year to Silvianiaco Conti.

Then on Sunday the focus will be very much a local one at Towcester as Present To You, owned by The Deauville Daze Partnership, is in chase action at Towcester where the action kicks in at 12.45pm.

Both horses are trained by David Bridgwater in The Cotswolds and even though they operate in different grades, both are guaranteed to bring a buzz to Hunt who runs the Winvic Ltd construction concern on Moulton Park.

Hunt said: “Denis O’Regan will be getting on board The Giant Bolster for the first time as his regular jockey Tom Scudamore has to ride Dynaste for his boss David Pipe.

“However, we are talking about a horse who has finished second and fourth in the last two Cheltenham Gold Cups and if he runs up to his best there is no reason when he can’t be in the frame.”

The Giant Bolster was taken out of his intended return in The Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby as he was just a fraction under par at the time.

But Hunt explained: “That was only a minor setback as the horse simply wasn’t himself over a few days and you can’t go for a race like that without being 100 per cent.”

Present To You ran at Ludlow last weekend where he finished down the field but Hunt and his co-members of The Deauville Daze Partnership are optimistic the more galloping geography of the Northamptonshire course will play into their hands.

Hunt said: “Present To You has been dropped 4lbs since his last run and the 7lbs claim of young Jake Hodson will also help us to get in with a fighting weight.

“The horse has run at Towcester for us in the past but that was before we had realised the key to him was running over a longer trip – he has since won a three and a half mile chase round Stratford.”

Towcester’s corresponding fixture last season was abandoned due to waterlogging but two years ago the card was reduced to six contests, with the 2m 6f handicap chase was voided when the morning fog which cleared by the start of racing, returned with a vengeance.