Frodon grinds out Caspian Caviar Gold Cup success

Frodon grinds out
Caspian Caviar success By Bruce Jackson 2:10PM 10 DEC 2016

Report: Cheltenham, Saturday

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (Grade 3) 2m4½f,4yo+ New course

FRODON, youngest in the field at four, ground out a thrilling win in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup to give Paul Nicholls and stable jockey Sam Twiston-Davies another big-race win.

Twiston-Davies, who only returned to the saddle at the start of the month after damaging ribs and his spleen in a fall, drove Frodon ahead after jumping the last in second.

With the rain bucketing down last year's winner Village Vic made this Grade 3 feature a stern test but was passed around the home bend as Kylemore Lough made his bid for glory.

Frodon, tenth in the BetVictor Gold Cup last month, loomed up with his stablemate and favourite Bouvreuil between the last two but it was Frodon who responded for Twiston-Davies to be first past Kylemore Lough on the run-in.

As Kylemore Lough weakened into fifth Aso stayed on but was beaten a length and a half with Village Vic rallying gamely for third, beaten another head and just in front of Quite By Chance who kept on for fourth.

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