Tote Win: £4.90 Tote Place: £1.70,3.10,1.02
Straight Forecast: £47.28 Exacta: £44.10 Trifecta: £97.80 Swingers: 1&2:3.40 2&3:2.20 1&3:1.50
Jackpot: £2,028.50, Pool: £10000.0, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £27.10, Pool: £132209.19, 3554.64 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.90, Pool: £10534.27, 650.0 winning tickets
A fantastic day for trainer Nicky Henderson just got better and better with a wonderful performance from LONG RUN as the six-year-old ran out a convincing winner of the King George. There is every chance that his performance may not receive the praise it should due to Kauto Star's flat run in third, however this was a truly imperious display. Although still a tad sketchy at the first few fences, Sam Waley-Cohen managed to get him into a nice rhythm and the gelding proved here that he is clever enough to negotiate UK fences with aplomb. As a confident Paddy Brennan on Nacarat looked to have the field on the stretch before the turn for home, Waley-Cohen didn't panic and his horse produced a fine leap at the fourth from home to take over the lead. He produced fine jumps at the remaining fences and his jockey even allowed himself a punch of the air as the partnership passed the line twelve lengths clear of Riverside Theatre. Bookmakers were quick to shorten his odds dramatically for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and he has to enter calculations, however it should be noted that he is well-suited by this flat track and his RSA third at last-year's Festival might suggest that the undulating track may leave him wanting. Having said that, it would be a foolish man who would rule him out as he surely goes there next. The runner-up Riverside Theatre ran a cracker, staying on well on this first try at three miles. There's no doubt that Kempton is his favoured track, however he didn't jump as fluently as he can and had to come from a lot further back than the eventual winner. And so on to Kauto Star. AP McCoy never looked happy with the four-time winner of the race, niggling him along from as early as eight fences from home. He didn't jump with any zest or alacrity and he had lost any chance of winning when blundering badly at three from home. Nacarat ran a blinder back in fourth; Paddy Brennan set a much more steady and sensible pace than when weakening out of things last year and it was a bold display of front-running which really deserved more than fourth place. The Nightingale travelled and jumped well for a long way but whether he found the ground too quick or his stamina ebbing away, he found himself shuffled back before the turn for home and was eased up after that by jockey Sam Thomas. Planet Of Sound travelled quite well before fading tamely away, whilst Forpadydeplasterer and Madison Du Berlais were outclassed, with neither jumping as well as they can.