Present Man won the Badger Ales Trophy to secure the biggest race win of jockey Bryony Frost's career in riding.
The Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old, who is owned by the race sponsors, looked set to miss out as Leighton Aspell pulled clear on Final Nudge with just a couple of fences to jump of the three-mile-one-furlong race at Wincanton on Saturday.
However, Frost continued to press and guided Present Man across the line in first place, a head clear of Final Nudge while Theatre Guide was eight lengths back in third and Southfield Theatre was fourth.
Afterwards, Frost told ITV Racing: "He jumped and travelled - this is his Gold Cup. It's their (owners) Gold Cup and they said to me I could ride him, I rode him at Kempton (last time out) and it's brilliant to have pulled it off for them.
"He's a brave horse. He has the heart of a lion and the braver you are, the braver he is as he answers every question."
Nicholls added: "I was worried about the ground, but I must say I've never seen him look better.
"I knew he'd go in the ground, but it was whether he stayed in the ground.
"He's a great example of Rome not being built in a day. He's taken three years to get where he is.
"It was a peach of a ride and it's great for the owners."
Article Posted on Sunday 12th November 2017 @ 09.22
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