Tote Win: £3.30 Tote Place: £1.60,3.50,1.90
Straight Forecast: £35.55 Exacta: £50.80 Trifecta: £345.30 Swingers: 1&2:12.60 2&3:22.40 1&3:3.10
Jackpot: £19,279.12 carried forward to Cheltenham, 14th Nov
Placepot: £118.90, Pool: £273848.56, 1680.94 winning tickets
Quadpot: £19.10, Pool: £19213.53, 743.34 winning tickets
A dramatic conclusion with Chicago Grey flicking through the top of the second last, knuckling on landing and bringing down Beshabar who was given no chance by the fall. Chicago Grey, who had made a few niggly mistakes throughout the contest, looked to be travelling strongest at that stage although Dougie Costello reported that he felt that he had that one's measure. Beshabar ran an extraordinary race as he barely jumped a fence and was under pressure for much of the contest but the fragile gelding, who has always been held in high regard, clearly has an engine and was right there with every chance when coming to grief. WAYWARD PRINCE hadn't jumped as well as he did at Huntingdon but he did travel well for much of the race and ran on strongly to prevail in workmanlike fashion; both his rider and trainer felt that the tacky ground wasn't easy for the runners to jump out of and his jockey also felt that they didn't really go fast enough for his mount who was a Grade One winner over hurdles. Balthazar King has been rather a surprise package over fences but ran another fine race from the front, only giving way in the closing stages and he kept on bravely up the hill and it must be remembered that he was conceding 3lbs to the winner. Billie Magern adopted his usual front-running role but bad mistakes at both ditches on the second circuit put paid to his chances at which stage Wolf Moon was already out of the race and this was a second consecutive disappointing run from Martin Keighley's runner who had promised to make up into a decent handicapper. Cannington Brook was another that didn't jump very fluently but he did travel well for much of the race and can come on for this seasonal return but this was a step backwards from Berties Dream who had shaped well until a lack of a run told on his chase bow at Galway. His Festival win in the Albert Bartlett came in testing conditions and it's possible that the ground wasn't testing enough for the Irish challenger.