Present Man

Present Man and Bryony Frost showed great resolve from the front to record successive wins in the Listed Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton.

A field of sixteen took part in this three-mile, one furlong race.

Belmount and Kings Lad were prominent at the first, but last year’s winner, Present man, soon went on from On Demand and Auntie Ann.

Heading down the back and over the fifth fence, On Demand went on from Present Man, Aunty Ann and Bestwork.

With a circuit to race, Present Man had moved back in front of On Demand, who made a bad blunder at the fence in front of the stands. Further back, Kings Lad was pulled up.

Present Man and On Demand continued to duel up front and moved a couple of lengths clear of Aunty Ann and Bestwork, with Ramses De Teillee next.

The field began to bunch as On Demand went back into the lead at the last in the back straight.

Turning to the fourth last, On Demand led Present Man and the improving Captain Bucks, while Belmount and Big Bad John pulled up.

On Demand led turning for home with Present Man still there and to the outside Sumkindofking challenging.

Three out, Present Man jumped into the lead from Sumkindofking and this two had the race between them heading to the last.

Present Man and Bryony Frost jumped the last well and had plenty of momentum to make it back to back wins in the Badger Ales Chase.

Sumkindofking ran well for second, with Fingerontheswitch third and then Aunty Ann just claiming fourth from Ramses De Teillee.

Trainer Paul Nicholls was completing a four-timer on the card.