Tote Win: £1.70 Tote Place: £1.02,1.60,10.60
Straight Forecast: £2.59 Exacta: £2.40 Trifecta: £55.30 Swingers: 1&2:1.20 2&3:17.60 1&3:12.40
Jackpot: £10,217.40, Pool: £35976.84, 2.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £107.40, Pool: £356860.38, 2423.48 winning tickets
Quadpot: £75.80, Pool: £14836.96, 144.8 winning tickets
One of the most majestic performances from a racehorse of the last decade, and on the face of it a big improvement on his World Hurdle form, by the superstar that is BIG BUCK'S. Guaranteed a better pace than at Prestbury Park by the presence of Knockara Beau and stablemate Gwanako, Ruby Walsh was content to sit on the inside in midfield. As Gwanako started to struggle heading down the far side for the final time, Walsh moved his mount closer to the lead. To his credit Knockara Beau managed to keep up the gallop until almost turning for home, but by then he was being trodden all over by the winner. Carlito Brigante and Grands Crus joined in as the first three moved away from their rivals, however this soon developed into a two-horse race as Carlito Brigante's stamina ebbed away. Tom Scudamore brought Grands Crus through to challenge Big Buck's at the third last and tried to kick on, however Walsh was yet to move a muscle. Moving his goggles down before the second-last hurdle, the race was as good as over, and after he pinged the last two flights, he sauntered away for an utterly effortless five length win. He was officially rated 174 going into the race, but we will only ever know how good he is if a horse rated 190 comes out of nowhere to give him a true race. The runner-up ran well once again, pulling miles clear of the third and rest, but ultimately was made to look pedestrian. He will be a huge favourite for next year's staying hurdle races should Big Buck's go down the unlikely road of chasing next season, but whatever happens, he is a very talented horse and will be a huge force over fences when he himself takes that route. Won In The Dark ran a cracker in third, staying on from the home turn having been outpaced. Whilst his rating may suggest the rivals behind the first two weren't much cop, he was beaten by such a long way and so easily by the winner, that even if he has just run up to his mark it's still a strong effort. Carlito Brigante failed to last home but should be up to making his mark at a similar level over shorter, whilst Karabak made a mistake at the second hurdle. He didn't really seem to improve for the blinkers and is not a horse to trust implicitly. Possol and Gwanako dropped away tamely on the second circuit, whilst Khyber Kim was held-up in midfield but never looked like featuring, with an early mistake at the fourth no help to his rhythm.