Tote Win: £8.90 Tote Place: £2.30,10.60,2.20,2.90
Straight Forecast: £372.65 Exacta: £437.90 Trifecta: £4,077.10 Swingers: 1&2:94.00 2&3:49.10 1&3:11.60
Jackpot: £15,068.18 carried forward to Fontwell Park, 27th Feb
Placepot: £274.10, Pool: £162742.52, 433.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £134.10, Pool: £9556.43, 52.7 winning tickets
Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson maintained their fabulous records in this race as QUINZ provided them with their fourth and fifth wins respectively. Johnson had felt there was little to choose between his mount and Mostly Bob but got the decision right and gave the seven year old a fine ride. Quinz's jumping has improved out of all recognition this season and the novice had won his first two starts before finishing a well beaten third behind Time For Rupert where too much use may have been made of him. He settled really well behind the furious pace set by Safari Adventures, got into a lovely rhythm and jumped well bar one minor mistake when getting in a little close at the fourth and fifteenth fences. Many felt that Mount Oscar was going to reel him in having joined him at the last but Quinz had enough left in the tank to pull away again which is remarkable given the gallop that they went. He's had just six chase starts and is still improving, he should still prove competitive from his revised mark and this scopey individual has the build to carry big weights but connections may be tempted by taking up his Grand National entry where he will be able to run off the same mark as today. Mount Oscar is thoroughly exposed and looked too high in the weights but ran a blinder at a track where he has an excellent record with Aidan Coleman doing remarkably well to keep the partnership intact on the second circuit; this was a fine run but he will find it hard to win once reassessed. It's too early to judge whether Nacarat's recent wind operation will help him see out his races better as the ground had gone against him whilst his trainer hadn't saddled a winner in February at the time so he deserves credit for running his usual game race; he will now head to Aintree where conditions will be more suitable. Hey Big Spender was quite badly hampered by Crescent Island at the first and lost his position; he tended to race in snatches but did stay on for pressure through beaten horses. Crescent Island struggled throughout but plugged on for fifth past stablemate Razor Royale who had every chance. Tatenen raced wide throughout, presumably in search of better ground, and was still contesting fourth at the second last before tiring. Connections had been concerned about rain for Fistral Beach and he may be worth another chance on a better surface but this was disappointing. Bakbenscher's jumping went to pieces at this strong pace and continues to hamper his progress as a chaser. Safari Adventures was stepping up in trip but no caution was thrown to the wind as he set a furious gallop that even Nacarat and Quinz were content to sit several lengths off; he duly failed to get home but looks an exciting ride and capable of winning races back in trip. He won over two and a half miles at Aintree in June and could be hard to catch at that track if connections can find a suitable opening.