Tote Win: £4.40 Tote Place: £1.40,1.70,2.00
Straight Forecast: £21.11 Exacta: £23.60 Trifecta: £136.70 Swingers: 1&2:5.30 2&3:3.50 1&3:5.00
Placepot: £170.40, Pool: £90728.98, 388.56 winning tickets
Quadpot: £19.70, Pool: £6179.74, 231.02 winning tickets
A race that has had little impact on the staying division since Inglis Drever won it in 2005 and that is unlikely to change. RESTLESS HARRY would have embarked on a novice chasing career rather than line up here but Robin Dickin had been unable to school him to his satisfaction due to the drought conditions in the Midlands. However, he was clearly pretty straight as this strong stayer spread-eagled the field to record a most impressive success. He was regularly found wanting in his second season over hurdles last term against the best which puts this form into perspective even allowing for improvement. He does have the size and scope to make a chaser though and this run certainly confirmed that he's on good terms with himself. Staying appears to be his game and the RSA Chase would be an obvious end of season target if everything were to go to plan but his understandably proud trainer wasn't ruling him out of the Arkle if conditions came up testing. Fair Along had won the last two renewals of the race so was presumably straight enough for his reappearance. He may have preferred to have had an uncontested lead but there were no excuses on the day and he was giving the winner 8lbs. He's not the biggest but has mixed chasing and hurdling to fairly good effect in recent seasons and will reportedly be back over the larger obstacles next time. His two wins in this race have been the only successes that he has enjoyed since 2008 and he is not the easiest to place. What A Friend was reverting to hurdles after failing to take to the National fences last April; his campaign is reportedly being geared towards the spring when he should get the better conditions that he favours. This was a satisfactory run on ground that wouldn't have been ideal after the recent rain and he certainly has the ability to win more races but he has his own ideas about the game and can't be trusted implicitly. Cantlow had had just three runs under Rules, winning his maiden before finishing second in a Grade One at Aintree and was the lowest rated runner in the field by some margin. This was quite a nice starting point to the season for him and he travelled well for a long way before getting tired in the straight. He should improve for this run and the Listed staying handicap hurdle at next month's Open meeting at Cheltenham would appear to be an obvious option in the immediate future if it doesn't come too soon. Carlito Brigante had been found to be clinically abnormal after finishing last on the Flat at Dundalk and was again a long way below par. He fairly dotted up in the Coral Hurdle last March before a couple of respectable efforts in Grade One company and still has to prove that he can bridge the gap to graded races but of more immediate concern is his well-being. Ashkazar - a smart sort on his day - proved a rather in-and-out performer last season but was never at the races. Mobaasher has always had his own way of doing things and he never looked keen whilst Russian War faced a stiff task on the figures but was still disappointing given that he was racefit.