Tote Win: £10.80 Tote Place: £2.50,7.30,4.10,2.20
Straight Forecast: £285.54 Exacta: £520.80 Trifecta: £9,156.30 Swingers: 1&2:49.20 2&3:27.50 1&3:124.20
Jackpot: £74,164.61 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Mar
Placepot: £933.20, Pool: £918439.44, 718.42 winning tickets
Quadpot: £211.90, Pool: £38065.53, 132.92 winning tickets
Another cracking finish with WHAT A CHARM putting her stamina to good use and narrowly seeing off the game Kumbeshwar in the final 50 yards for a neck success. A winner over two miles on the flat, the winner was always going to play a hand if within touching distance turning in, and with the strong pace playing into her hands she was in pole position to strike before the second-last flight of hurdles. Getting tons of weight from the runner-up, she jumped level at the last flight and displayed plenty of temerity in the run to the line. Alan King must be kicking himself, as he trained the second, third and fifth home. The runner-up was up with the pace throughout, and having raced with plenty of zest, it was to his credit that he saw the race out as well as he did. He was a battling hardy horse on the flat for David Evans and none of that has changed. Dhaafer was sporting first-time cheek-pieces, but in the second colours of leading owner Simon Munir he ran a cracker. Like his stablemate he raced close to the speed and although he was comfortably held between the last two flights of hurdles, he was still good enough to hold Plan A, the gamble of the race, for bronze. The last-named was held up in the early stages, but then made eye-catching headway coming down the hill with Paul Carberry scything through the field. He was close up turning in but as soon as his jockey asked him for an effort his response was limited, and thereafter he never looked like giving his trainer a third winner on the card. Jubail ran on well for fifth having been outpaced just as the race started to hot up, whilst Rock Of Deauville caught the eye in sixth. Wearing a first-time tongue-tie, he travelled well off the pace and, although he was never a real threat to the places, he ran a career best. Tenor Nivernais was well-fancied but he disappointed. He went down the chute to the start on his own, which was a surprise as he was very keen, and he didn't really convince in the race. Ultimately he stayed on for a never nearer seventh after getting shuffled back at halfway; perhaps he just needs a step up in trip, something which his trainer suggests will happen sooner rather than later. Paintball was well-fancied and travelled well near the pace, with his jockey saving ground on the inside, however he failed to pick up when asked, whilst Whitby Jack weakened away after racing too keenly. L'eminence Grise can't jump very well, whilst Titan De Sarti ran around in the early stages and never looked like featuring; stablemate Celtus was pulled up after a mistake two hurdle from home. He was beaten at the time.