Tote Win: £8.20 Tote Place: £1.70,1.60,7.90
Straight Forecast: £34.81 Exacta: £36.60 Trifecta: £2,281.20 Swingers: 1&2:3.90 2&3:18.80 1&3:30.30
Jackpot: £387,500.94 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 20th Mar
Placepot: £41,288.40, Pool: £938888.56, 16.6 winning tickets
Quadpot: £848.40, Pool: £54177.5, 47.25 winning tickets
Billed as 'The Decider' between Kauto Star and Denman with the Gold Cup score 1-1, the finish was not quite the one expected but there was drama applenty nonetheless. It started on the first circuit with reigning champion Kauto Star making a shuddering error which Ruby Walsh did well to survive. It knocked them back from a prominent position just off the pace and Walsh had to spend the next few fences getting his mount back on an even keel. Up front, Carruthers and Denman were forcing the issue with IMPERIAL COMMANDER nicely placed just in behind. Kauto managed to work himself back into the contest but his jumping was far from faultless and it was always going to take a toll once the race began in earnest. In fact, he was feeling the pinch approaching four out and he took a pearling fall which he fortunately managed to get up from with Walsh riding him back to unsaddle. Carruthers gave best from three out as the prize was going to be decided between Imperial Commander and Denman. It was clear at the last fence that the former had the upper hand and a decent jump settled things as he powered clear on the run-in. The runner-up had a fair question mark over him going into the race after his Newbury mishap in the Aon Chase but this was a tremendous effort and he just found his year-younger rival too good on the day. Grand National winner Mon Mome emerged from the remaining runners to take third and this looked an excellent trial but fellow Aintree hope Tricky Trickster was a big disappointment and finished well in arrears. Cooldine did better than his finishing place suggested as he was always near the pace while Carruthers may not be the biggest but he is all guts and was unlucky to have third place pinched from his grasp.