Frodon collects Caviar cash

Frodon became only the second four-year-old to win the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup when outpointing older rivals in the valuable handicap chase at Cheltenham.

Frodon ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies (left) on his way to teh Caspian Caviar

Trainer Paul Nicholls sent out Unioniste at that tender age to score in 2012 and repeated the trick with Frodon (14-1), who was providing Sam Twiston-Davies with a big-race success after returning from injury.

Last year's winner Village Vic made a brave attempt to make all the running and stuck to his task for minor honours when the pace hotted up.

Kylemore Lough took the lead before the second-last, but Frodon, who had run better than his place suggested in the BetVictor Gold Cup last month, ranged up menacingly.

Twiston-Davies drove him right out to land the spoils by a length and a half from Aso. Village Vic was a head away third and Quite By Chance fourth.

Twiston-Davies said: "I said he had a good chance, and it's important for me coming back from injury to get a big one on the board for the boss – I couldn't be happier.

"If he hadn't made a mistake at the ditch down the back the last time, you wonder what might have been.

"I was happy with my position and that's what we wanted to do today, give him a bit of space and the right horses to aim at.

"He jumped the last really nicely, but when the ground is like this it's a long old run-in."

He added: "These days are very important. He's brave and it's a very special day."

Nicholls said: "I enjoyed that, I thought he was awfully unlucky the last day.

"The rain suited him and I thought he'd go close today."

Nicholls went on: "The rain suited him rather than Bouvreuil, who didn't stay on the ground.

"Frodon's a good horse, he jumps well. They can all make the odd mistake, he's only a novice, but we put that right in the last month and he was a lot fresher today. He'd only run seven days before the BetVictor.

"The great thing is he is still a novice, we will mix and match but today was the day.

"It was great for Sam to have a winner on the big stage. It will have done his confidence the world of good."

Venetia Williams, trainer of runner-up Aso, said: "He's winged the last and beat all the horses from the BetVictor apart from Frodon, who didn't run his race."

Village Vic's trainer Philip Hobbs said: "He's a 100 per cent trier. He ran on very well in the end. He's run fantastic again.

"The great thing about him is he gets into a rhythm and jumps well. Although his jumping was good, I don't think it was quite as good as last time.

"He was very brave and is good at organising himself."

* Frodon was tipped by Ben Linfoot in his Value Bet column on Friday night.

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