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Tom Scudamore dedicates Salut Flo victory to his ill grandad

SALUT Flo landed a gamble with a gutsy all-the-way success in the Byrne Group Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

The 9-2 favourite, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore, ran his rivals ragged and kept pulling out more, despite making the odd mistake.

The Cockney Mackem (10-1), who was also well-backed, put in a strong late challenge but was still six lengths down at the line as Salut Flo kept up the gallop.

Glam Gerry (33-1) was four and a half lengths back in third just ahead of Divers (8-1) in fourth.

Scudamore said: "It means an awful lot. It's been a hard week for my family, it's so wonderful I can't speak.

"My grandad is not very well so this will help us.

"We always thought he had a good chance and as he's pretty free it seemed sensible to make it.

"He jumped well apart from the one at the top of the hill which is a tricky fence anyway.

"David's done a great job with him as he'd been off an awful long time. I knew he'd keep going. To come back and win a race at the Festival with him is a great performance."

Pipe said: "Our runners this week have been running OK but it's a relief to get one on the board.

"He has always been quite a free-going horse so Tom just decided to let him bowl out in front and it's worked out well.

"I haven't thought about future plans but he'll probably go to Aintree for something."