Handler confident of better times ahead
Last Updated: November 29, 2011 12:29pm
David Bridgwater is keen for The Giant Bolster to register another clear round following his seventh-placed finish in the Hennessy.
The six-year-old has proved a little shaky in his jumping so far, winning twice in his novice career but falling or unseating in his other three starts last term.
The Giant Bolster again parted company with Tom Scudamore in the Paddy Power at Cheltenham earlier this month, but put in an improved round to stay on at the death at Newbury.
Bridgwater is eager to build on that performance, but is unsure which is the best option for his stable star at present.
"We might look to go somewhere a bit smaller with him now and get him a clear round and a nice confidence-booster," he said.
"Obviously he's rated 146, so you can't really drop him in class or anything, but we're in no rush with him.
"It was a bit of a relief to see him jump round, but then there's also that feeling that if he hadn't been hampered by a faller and got into a bit of traffic at the second-last, he would have been in the frame.
"He's only six and we're in no rush. If you look at his record, taking away the falls and unseated riders, he's had three runs over fences, won two and finished seventh in a Hennessy - that's not a bad record.
"We'll just look for a nice school round for him somewhere, if that exists. We might just even take him to Towcester and pop him round there, it doesn't have to be a competitive race.
"He's a good horse and he has a big day in him."