Tote Win: £3.70 Tote Place: £1.50,1.60,1.40
Straight Forecast: £10.74 Exacta: £9.00 Trifecta: £24.60 Swingers: 1&2:2.90 2&3:3.30 1&3:2.90
Jackpot: £51,249.30 carried forward to Wincanton, 8th Apr
Placepot: £574.00, Pool: £451565.6, 574.29 winning tickets
Quadpot: £258.10, Pool: £18700.68, 53.6 winning tickets
An emphatic win for SPIRIT SON, and one that will get the juices flowing for next season. He looks the type to relish jumping a fence, so the Arkle would be an obvious long-term target, although trainer Nicky Henderson may decide to stick to hurdling with him, as he (on initial instincts over this season) looks to have the class to run in the Champion Hurdle. Here he stalked the pace set by Sam Winner, and then brushed him aside turning for home. He quickly sprinted clear of Cue Card who was doing the best of the rest, and continued to eat up the ground. He was quick at the final flight, despite rapping the top of the hurdle, and Geraghty could ease him down near the line. Runner-up Cue Card ran a strange race. He was very keen early on, with jockey Joe Tizzard content to try and hold him up off the pace. He was very fizzy though, which contributed to several jumping errors, most notably down the far side as the front-running Sam Winner tried to inject a bit of pace into the contest. To Cue Card's credit he ran on well off the home turn, but it was a vain chase as the winner had already shot clear. Although he was keen, and perhaps could have done with more cover rather than being on the outside of the pack, he would never have beaten the winner, and is perhaps just not as good as we all first thought. Third home was Rock On Ruby, who only just got the better of the 128-rated Drill Sergeant. He made a bad mistake at the third which may have put him slightly out of rhythm, and then fluffed the last, but by that point the best he could hope for was a place. He would have preferred a stronger gallop and ran well, with a step up to three miles next season more than likely. Drill Sergeant travelled well for a long way, and although he was a tad one-paced late on, connections will be delighted. Storm Brig came next, having made several jumping errors towards the rear, but he was still able to finish ahead of Sam Winner. This was a very disappointing run, considering he was able to dictate his own pace. He jumped well in the main, but as soon as his rivals bunched around him turning for home he dropped very tamely away. He was miles behind when he hit the last, and connections may be scratching their heads somewhat. His run at Cheltenham was mulish, and he appeared to down tools here; perhaps he has an underlying problem which will need to be sorted out before he tackles fences next season. Bold Sir Brian was outclassed and seemed to be outpaced even though they weren't going quickly, whilst Drive time took a crashing fall at the third from home. He was losing his position at the time, so it was probably just the mistake of a tired horse, but it was a relief to see jockey Brian Hughes emerge unscathed.