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Tom Scudamore: 'Two triumphs make Exeter worthwhile trip'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

Winning on board Vieux Lion Rouge at Exeter last weekend  Pinnacle

Winning on board Vieux Lion Rouge at Exeter last weekend Pinnacle

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I had a very good day at Exeter last Sunday, when we won the two bumpers with Vieux Lion Rouge and The Liquidator.

Vieux Lion Rouge has won three bumpers now, and The Liquidator's form is very good with his second in a good race at Cheltenham.

Although on Sunday they were only small fields at Exeter, they both learned a lot from the experience and will be a little more battle hardened if they run at the Festival next month.

I was at Musselburgh yesterday and I didn't think Peddlers Cross was that impressive at all. He was idling in front and he'll have to step up on that form if he's to win the World Hurdle.

He's not back to his very best yet, although they have four weeks to fix it before the Festival. It can happen.

I was so pleased with my ride on The Giant Bolster, who ran an absolute blinder at Newbury to finish second to Silviniaco Conti last Saturday.

The Giant Bolster is still in with a chance in what looks a wide open race for the Gold Cup at the Festival. There are six or seven who have decent chances.

Bob's Worth is a worthy favourite, but you cannot rule out Silviniaco Conti or Sir Des Champs – there are plenty who could run very well.

Hurricane Fly is favourite for the Champion Hurdle but there's always something in the back of my mind that puts me off him.

We seem to be seeing the same horses, and it's a wide-open race. Nicky Henderson has some very good horses and Rock On Ruby did very well enough the other day and is battle-hardened. There's nothing that really stands out, although I'd love it if Overturn won.

Grands Crus has been taken out of the Gold Cup, but he's still in the Ryanair and World Hurdle. We'll have to see how he gets on over the next month.

I was absolutely blown away by My Tent Or Yours under AP McCoy at Newbury last Saturday. To win a big handicap like that carrying top weight was a phenomenal performance, and I think he's an exceptional horse.

After Musselburgh yesterday, today I'm at Kelso – but I drove home in between as I've been lucky that Roddi Green has been my driver for a couple of days.

It's Valentine's Day today and I have a box of chocolates and a card for Lottie, although I couldn't find a bunch of flowers to do her justice. Then it's on to Fakenham tomorrow, and Haydock on Saturday, so it has been yet another very busy week.

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