Tote Win: £1.90 Tote Place: £1.60,2.70
Straight Forecast: £6.81 Exacta: £5.50 Trifecta: £99.30 Swingers: 1&2:2.00 2&3:16.10 1&3:7.60
Jackpot: £28,102.12 carried forward to Wolverhampton, 14th Nov
Placepot: £19.70, Pool: £223987.9, 8264.68 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.90, Pool: £12199.46, 698.75 winning tickets
Bar one or two overly-safe jumps, an impressive round put in by AL FEROF and no surprise that his odds were trimmed for the Arkle as a result. Like current favourite Peddlers Cross, he stays more than two miles and although there was a slight worry that he might be done for speed here, he brushed aside those fears as if squatting a fly. His jumping as mentioned was generally very good, and he looks a neat and tidy fencer, something which will obviously be put to the test when he steps up in grade. As to regards the form of this win, well it's nothing special, but he didn't come out of first gear to win by seven lengths. Having won a Supreme Novices' he's not devoid of pace, but he was slightly outpaced that day before rallying and it would be no surprise if he tries 2m 4f over fences this season, with the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Festival unlikely to be ruled out as an alternative to the Arkle. Astracad was second, and although he has won over fences and since performed with credit at Aintree, he has been exposed under his penalty. A return to more positive tactics should see him back in the winners' enclosure at one of the smaller tracks however, but he's not going to be the easiest to place this year. The early pace set by Court In Motion and L'Eldorado was positively suicidal, and it's no surprise that both were spent forces when challenged by the big boys before the turn for home. Court In Session, making his debut over fences, jumped well in the main although a tendency to jump out to his right obviously isn't ideal if he wants to come back to the track later in the season. Maggio plugged on for a distant third but was never likely to feature, and he benefitted from being ridden with restraint and totally avoiding the early dash. Bellvano has now run a couple of stinkers at the track and evidently isn't a big fan of the hill. He was given a patient ride by McCoy and made up his ground nicely however his finishing effort was limp and he was well beaten in the end.