Tote Win: £3.10 Tote Place: £1.90,1.30
Straight Forecast: £6.61 Exacta: £5.30 Trifecta: £22.80 Swingers: 1&2:1.30 2&3:2.10 1&3:3.10
Jackpot: £784.50, Pool: £36288.55, 32.84 winning tickets
Placepot: £20.90, Pool: £205919.86, 7185.25 winning tickets
Quadpot: £4.30, Pool: £11919.33, 2007.5 winning tickets
Jumping is the name of the game and KAUTO STAR's superior fencing played no small part in winning him a record fifth King George. This was a quite remarkable performance from the veteran chaser (who began his career at a time when it was still doubted whether French bred horses could hold their form at this level for a period of time) and a fine tribute to the team that have handled him throughout his career. Ruby Walsh, again, made plenty of use of him from the off and the pair were a joy to behold as they jumped from fence to fence. Long Run and Captain Chris attempted to hold onto his coat tails turning into the straight for the final time and the former was still in a challenging position at the last but Kauto Star produced another perfect leap to seal victory as his rival fiddled the same obstacle to lose valuable momentum and any chance of victory. Sam Waley-Cohen had begun to niggle at Long Run at the start of the back straight with Kauto Star still travelling kindly and last year's winner always looked to be struggling to match strides. As at Haydock, he showed a willing attitude but without ever looking capable of getting to Kauto Star as long as the leader continued to find. His cause wasn't helped by his jumping and he's significantly slower through the air than his rival and, in turn, slower away from his fences. At first glance, it would appear as though the extra two furlongs of the Gold Cup would give him reasonable claims of gaining revenge but the extra effort that he has to put into his races as a result of his average (relative to his level) jumping must take its toll. Captain Chris has plenty of scope for improvement in that department as well although it should be remembered that he has always shown his best form (and jumping) on genuine spring ground. The manner in which he stayed on having badly lost his place was slightly puzzling but he may, simply, have lacked the tactical speed against horses of this class even allowing for the fact that he was an Arkle winner stepping up to three miles for the first time. He got to within hailing distance of the front two on the home turn but that effort told in the straight. Somersby travelled so strongly that it appeared as he might provide the biggest challenge to Kauto Star on his first attempt at three miles but, not for the first time this season, he found less than expected. It can only be conjecture but he increasingly shapes as though something is either troubling him or if he has gone soft. He was wearing a tongue tie for the first time here and could be struggling with his breathing. Master Minded emptied quickly after a bad mistake and didn't appear to remotely see out this trip although this was a searching test of his stamina; he was reported to have finished lame with a career threatening injury. Nacarat has yet to hit form this season while Golan Way, although outclassed, appeared to sulk once headed.