Tote Win: £20.70 Tote Place: £3.80,1.80,2.50,3.50
Straight Forecast: £114.92 Exacta: £166.30 Trifecta: £1,245.80 Swingers: 1&2:40.80 2&3:20.40 1&3:67.80
Jackpot: £3,033.90, Pool: £14956.06, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £43.90, Pool: £225954.6, 3753.16 winning tickets
Quadpot: £14.60, Pool: £15397.45, 779.7 winning tickets
POQUELIN posted back-to-back successes in this race despite the small matter of having to repeat the dose off a 12lb higher handicap mark this time around.
Paul Nicholls has put down much of the repeat as being down to the horse's ability to act around the New course at Cheltenham but his conditional rider gave him the perfect ride - racing handily at all times and holding off Great Endeavour (who was in receipt of 16lbs) as they raced up the hill to the line. The trainer is likely to put him away until the Ryanair Chase at the Festival.
The form of this race seems to have a very solid look to it as the second was well fancied for the Paddy Power Gold Cup. As expected, he had come on for that run and whilst requiring plenty of encouragement from Timmy Murphy, he is only a six-year-old and he looks open to further improvement still.
Sunnyhillboy appeared to be going nowhere with five to jump though he stayed relentlessly up the hill to be third. Although a winner over two miles, he could be worth a try over further and it would be no surprise to see the owners having staying chases on their mind for the future.
Calgary Bay proved his Bangor defeat all wrong and though he never threatened to win the race, he appeared much happier over this trip and is worth another try. Little Josh was not gifted an easy time at the front but he ran with credit. A mistake at the second last did for him and his finishing position reflected that accordingly.
Mad Max attempted to mix it with the leaders throughout but the combination of a heavy weight and the trip proved to be too much to bear. Pigeon Island was 5lb out of the handicap and were he not hampered three out, this course specialist may have finished closer.
Robinson Collonges travelled as well as anything during the majority of the contest. Two pecks on landing did not help his cause and the second of those, at the third last, caused him to lose all momentum.
Noble Alan deoarted at the same fence and he has to go down as somewhat unfortunate. Nursed around at the rear of the field in the early stages, he was making significant headway at the time and looked likely to be taking a hand in proceedings.
Dave's Dream never travelled at any stage while morning gamble, Psycho, made too many mistakes to get competitive.