Tote Win: £6.80 Tote Place: £1.90,2.10,5.70,4.10
Straight Forecast: £38.47 Exacta: £40.70 Trifecta: £1,088.40 Swingers: 1&2:9.10 2&3:74.20 1&3:51.90
Jackpot: £17,686.13 carried forward to Fontwell Park, 6th Feb
Placepot: £1,485.50, Pool: £144991.95, 71.25 winning tickets
Quadpot: £729.90, Pool: £13218.27, 13.4 winning tickets
An unsatisfactory start to the contest with leading fancy Lush Life - who had been re-shod at the start - several lengths off the back of the pack when the tapes went up. He had been uneasy in the market and never appeared to be travelling that well but this run is best ignored. He must have been almost 30 lengths adrift in the early stages as Dantari set a fierce gallop but the front-runner was soon ignored by those racing prominently which included KILCREA KIM and Alfie Spinner. Dantari did remarkably well to rally for third having looked out on his feet with two to jump but this will not help his cause with the handicapper and he will continue to struggle against less exposed rivals. Handicaps may be a thing of the past for Kilcrea Kim, who justified strong support to maintain his trainer's excellent record in this contest, as connections were mooting a possible tilt at the Albert Bartlett for their progressive Irish point winner. He travelled and jumped well and rallied gamely when joined close home by Alfie Spinner having got a little lonely out in front. He should stay three miles but didn't exactly see his race out strongly over that trip in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham on his previous start. Alfie Spinner is progressing well and looks sure to appreciate a step back up to three miles having been left behind by the winner from the turn for home. He looked rather laboured in making the ground but dug deep to record another career best and has earned a rest having had two quite hard races in the space of three weeks; he could be freshened up for the Pertemps Final at the Festival. County Zen's best days may be behind him but he has recaptured his form and is handicapped to take advantage with a shorter trip possibly in his favour. This was a big step up in class for Prince Tom who emerges with credit but his future lies over fences next season. The gambled-on Mister Hyde looked a live threat turning for home but was readily left behind and this has to go down as disappointing given the confidence behind his chances although the form of his previous win had not worked out at all well.