Tote Win: £4.10 Tote Place: £1.70,3.80,1.70
Straight Forecast: £57.73 Exacta: £48.50 Trifecta: £439.10 Swingers: 1&2:12.80 2&3:13.80 1&3:3.40
Jackpot: £15,041.40, Pool: £21185.17, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £69.40, Pool: £185372.73, 1947.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.30, Pool: £13598.75, 547.05 winning tickets
This was run in a time around two seconds faster than the Fighting Fifth thanks to Praxiteles who enterprisingly stole half a dozen lengths at the start under Tom Scudamore. TOCCA FERRO was gambled on for the Imperial Cup last season on his handicap bow but weakened into seventh having travelled well into contention and subsequently scoped badly. He was well backed when winning on his seasonal return from an 8lb lower mark but gave the impression that he didn't want to be in front too long. After this performance, that can be put down to inexperience as settled any doubts on that score having been sent on a fair way from the second last in the long straight and kept finding for Sam Thomas to win impressively and is very progressive. He settled well in second, clear of the chasing pack, made ground readily and appeared to win with plenty in hand to maintain his yard's terrific run. His high cruising speed and the way that he travels through his races suggests that he can hold his own in better company than this and he should remain feasibly treated once the handicapper has had his say. A return to Ascot for the Ladbroke Hurdle is a possibility for his next target although connections are concerned that that may come too soon and mentioned a return to this track for the totesport Trophy in February as an alternative. Rebel Dancer made a winning debut for Ian Williams in August and posted a career best in defeat. He raced in rear before moving into a challenging position in the straight and there was no disgrace in being readily outpointed by a progressive performer. Olofi had made late gains in the Greatwood and was again doing his best work in the closing stages when recapturing third from The Betchworth Kid. He shapes like a thorough stayer and lacked the turn of foot of those that finished around him; he may benefit from having more use being made of him at this trip (unless getting the testing ground on which he's very effective) or being stepped up in trip. The Betchworth Kid has been in good form on the level and made a satisfactory return to hurdling but was re-passed by Olofi for third on the run-in; he needs to be produced late in the day on the Flat and it appears as though similar tactics need to be employed over obstacles too. Ciceron finished a long way behind the principals but this was very much a step in the right direction from the 4 year-old who progressed well as a juvenile last season. He had been beaten over 70 lengths behind Tocca Ferro at Ascot but showed up well for a long way here before being outpaced; he was running from a mark just 4lbs higher than when last successful and should be found a suitable opening in the coming months.