"I celebrated hard after the finish because I've been through a lot this season with eye trouble, broken cheekbone and back problems".
However, BetVictor and Betway were both happy to dangle 16/1, leaving Vieux Lion Rouge as their favourite.
Sizing John, a 7-year-old, has previously done most of his racing over two miles. "At this point, it would make no sense for them to drop me off Tea for Two and put someone else on it, because I know him inside out".
Meanwhile, Sizing John is a best price of 8/1 to successfully defend his crown in 2018.
WHILE the heart may want Cue Card to win the Timico Gold Cup, the head says his stablemate Native River could be the one to lift the showpiece event on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Under the Champion jockey, Richard Johnson, the four-year-old gelding - unbeaten now in seven races - fended off the Gordon Elliott-trained Mega Fortune into second.
The punters favourite, 11-year-old Cue Card, never looked like becoming the oldest victor of the race in 48 years and came to grief at the third last - the same fence he fell at in the 2016 edition.
There was also movement in some of the other 2018 Festival championship race markets following some of the supporting action on Friday.
An emotional Philip Hobbs told of his relief after Defi Du Seuil continued his unbeaten form since joining the yard, when winning today's opening race, the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle.
Death Duty has seemed invincible this term but Augusta Kate can steal his thunder in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
With 10 winners at the Festival, she is undoubtedly the meeting's leading lady.
By Emmanuel RousselG1 JCB Triumph Hurdle victor Defi Du Seuil (Fr) (Voix Du Nord ) may have been ridden to victory by champion jockey Richard Johnson, but the 4-year-old was also co-bred by a champion jockey, the French Flat champion Pierre-Charles Boudot, in partnership with his mother Catherine and sister Marie-Gabrielle. You can check out his Day Four selections here.
"I went to plenty of Cheltenham preview nights and people were saying it was a bad Gold Cup--I was kind off insulted because every good Gold Cup victor has Grade 1 form over two miles".
It followed their Coral Cup victory with Supasundae on Wednesday.
Amateur rider Gina Andrews became the second woman to ride a victor at this year's Festival when she drove 40-1 rank outsider Domesday Book home to give Stuart Edmunds a victory for one of training's smaller operators.
Defi Du Seuil looks a real class horse.
"Robert said he wasn't going to go down the inside, but he did".
Velvet Maker finished well down field in last year's Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase but he can right that statistic by winning this time around.
"I broke it skiing seven weeks ago", she said matter-of-factly.