Tote Win: £4.90 Tote Place: £1.50,7.20,2.70
Straight Forecast: £162.16 Exacta: £270.10 Trifecta: £1,177.90 Swingers: 1&2:18.90 2&3:39.00 1&3:5.00
Jackpot: £24,218.66 carried forward to Aintree, 9th Apr
Placepot: £250.10, Pool: £442544.0, 1291.43 winning tickets
Quadpot: £36.50, Pool: £25851.0, 523.76 winning tickets
This was run at a decent pace, with Sarando and Golan Way taking them along in the early stages. In the end both horses finished in the first three, but it was a slightly more patiently ridden horse, QUITO DE LA ROQUE, who landed the win. Although often ridden prominently, Davy Russell was happy to sit his horse in midfield today. He wasn't altogether fluent at times (especially the 13th where he pitched on landing), but as the leaders congregated at the end of the back straight for the final time, it was clear that he would play a hand. Russell took him to the inside and moved him through to challenge for the lead three from home. He looked to be in control of the race at that point, still nicely on the bridle, but he over-jumped at the second from home. Russell did well to stay on board, but the quality of the horse showed through with a flying leap at the last. He bumped into Sarando at that point, who rallied well, but he was fairly comfortably on top at the line. He doesn't look like he does too much when hitting the front, so this win can be upgraded, and he certainly has the physical scope for more improvement. He received quotes for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and having proved himself on quick ground here, that doesn't seem an unrealistic target for next season. The runner-up belied his odds with a terrific run. He was on the front end throughout, and although he was headed several times, he showed great tenacity to put his head back in front; the cheek-pieces that he sports evidently do the job. Back in third was Golan Way who did ever so well to finish in that spot, after making a horrendous error at the eighth and 13th fences. Sheena West's front-runner is certainly game though, and whilst other horses may have faded tamely off the home turn, he rallied well for third. He will surely win again if his sights are lowered, with this ground evidently not a problem. Wayward Prince ran a strange race in fourth. The well-backed favourite was sporting a visor for the first time, but his cause wasn't aided by several jumping errors. They almost looked to be from a lack of concentration, so perhaps the visor didn't completely do its job, but he rallied fairly well in the home straight. He isn't the quickest, so perhaps slower ground will see him in a more positive light. Radium crept round on the inside for a long way but was another to hit the fifth from home; he can win when his sights are lowered over a shorter trip, as he was running on empty in the closing stages here. Robinson Collonges was keen early but he was hampered at the fifth and after not being fluent at the 12th, was pulled up soon after. Master Of The Hall jumped tentatively throughout and he weakened very tamely once again and was beaten before the turn for home. He actually fell two out, but as worrying will be the fact that he has struggled to see out three of his last four races. The Giant Bolster took a crashing fall at the fifth, causing Tom Scudamore another heavy fall; he left for an x-ray and is suffering an abhorrent week.