Tote Win: £7.70 Tote Place: £1.90,3.50,5.80,5.60
Straight Forecast: £98.16 Exacta: £154.90 Swingers: 1&2:21.30 2&3:84.30 1&3:26.40
Jackpot: £10,588.92 carried forward to Ludlow, 22nd Nov
Placepot: £2,160.60, Pool: £143843.27, 48.6 winning tickets
Quadpot: £180.00, Pool: £17426.54, 71.61 winning tickets
HELLO BUD had shown improved form since joining Nigel Twiston-Davies in 2008 but this was the 12 year-olds first success since making pretty much every yard in the 2009 Scottish National and it's perhaps no coincidence that this was the first time that he had raced from the same mark. He had shown his affinity for the National fences when fifth in last year's renewal of this race and when fifth in the Grand National from a 7lb higher mark. He made almost all of the running, jumped from fence to fence and stayed on gamely but this likeable individual will once again find life tough when reassessed.
Royal Rosa was a smart horse in his youth but hadn't won since 2006 despite slipping steadily down the weights; he had, however run one of his best races since when finishing third in last year's renewal from a 6lb higher mark. He shaped well on his seasonal reappearance at this track over the regulation fences and ran a fine race in defeat but just couldn't get past the winner on the run-in. He can be expected to continue to ply his trade in staying chases but is unlikely to be rated highly enough to get into the National and will continue to find it hard to win.
They pulled a long way clear of One Cool Cookie who is a useful staying chaser with a fair few miles on the clock. He struggled to go the pace throughout but stayed on dourly from a long way back to finish third; he was entered in last season's Grand National but Charlie Swan felt that he was unrealistically handicapped and this will hardly have helped his cause.
Ballyvesey has only won twice in his career but took well to the fences and only got left behind close home; he has plenty of experience for a five year old but could improve further as he matures. Notre Pere struggled in Graded races last season but shaped encouragingly in a Listed race earlier this month and ran well enough under a big weight on ground that was faster than ideal; he was in contention until pecking badly at Bechers Brook and almost coming to a standstill. Irish Raptor loomed up travelling strongly but weakened quickly after a bad mistake at the second last; he is a regular here and has been given a chance by the handicapper. Minster Shadow and I'moncloudnine still had a long way to go but were still in contention when departing. Gullible Gordon really looked to be warming to his task and was travelling strongly when putting in a huge leap at Bechers Brook only to collide with Irish Raptor in mid-air and come down. Newman Des Plages was creeping into contention when falling at the eleventh; he ran to a smart level in France in his youth and had looked on the way back when winning impressively at Carlisle last month and remains of interest.