Tote Win: £14.50 Tote Place: £3.50,2.80,4.10
Straight Forecast: £106.33 Exacta: £89.90 Swingers: 1&2:9.40 2&3:24.10 1&3:31.80
Jackpot: £10,785.50, Pool: £15190.89, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £281.10, Pool: £102296.87, 265.59 winning tickets
Quadpot: £47.20, Pool: £9391.64, 147.0 winning tickets
A rough race. RECESSION PROOF made it three out of four over hurdles on his handicap bow and became the second successive novice to win this valuable handicap. John Quinn's gelding, a progressive handicapper on the Flat, arguably looked well treated on his defeat behind Dunraven Storm at Ascot. He was keen early, racing in third and Dougie Costello did a good job of getting him settled. Recession Proof appeared to be travelling well in the straight but was still just down in third at the final two flights before his stamina kicked in. He should remain feasibly treated after he's been reassessed and should relish the stronger pace and stiff finish at Cheltenham where the County Hurdle and Coral Cup are being considered. He'll be a live contender for whichever race he lines up in and has already won over two and a half miles. Bothy delivered another super performance having been raised 9lbs for his second to Menorah but is set for another hike which will increasingly leave him vulnerable to less exposed rivals; he certainly deserves to pick up a big prize and is as game as they come. Notus De La Tour had disappointed when well backed for an Ascot handicap but a change of tactics was employed. Tom Scudamore sent him into a clear lead before appearing to ease off the gas on the far side as the field bunched up; he quickened turning out of the back straight and had a number of his rivals off the bridle. He began to tire close home and only just held on for third but this was a step in the right direction and he may have more to offer. The Betchworth Kid is talented but isn't easy to win with and has to be ridden from off the pace; he had run poorly in the Lanzarote but was back to his best at a track that suits him ideally although he'd have preferred a stronger pace. Soldatino emerges with credit and should have learned a great deal; he was too fresh at Ascot but was far better here although still a shade keen. He made a couple of quite serious mistakes but made good progress through the pack and closed all the way to the line; he can do better again, particularly when learning to settle. Eradicate was 11lb higher than when winning the Swinton; he looked to be travelling strongly but didn't find as much as looked likely. He'll be more effective back on faster ground in the spring/summer and may not be in the handicapper's grip. Solix was an ante-post gamble before drifting; he lost his position having raced prominently and stayed on at the one pace; it'd be no surprise if he needed this run and he can leave this effort behind. Get Me Out Of Here had been treated for a couple of problems after two disappointing runs and connections hoped that they had got to the root of the problem but he ran a similar race and has something to prove now. All the money on the day was for Walkon but he failed to build on his promising reappearance and finished well beaten; he was under pressure when the pace quickened around the home turn but could have been expected to stay on again in the straight. This run will no doubt be put down to the 'bounce' factor and it would be no surprise if connections were to skip Cheltenham in favour of heading to Aintree where he won impressively as a juvenile. Salden Licht was creeping through the field when brought down in the melee at the second last; it was too far out to be certain that he would have got to the principals but he would surely have been challenging along with The Betchworth Kid, Soldatino and Eradicate at worst. He has run well at Cheltenham and is another that could be a live player in the handicaps at the Festival. It's worth noting that the first three home were amongst the first three throughout so the hold-up performers may be worth rating a pound or two higher - particularly at the Festival where they should be favoured by races that are usually strongly run.