Tote Win: £1.70 Tote Place: £1.10,2.80
Straight Forecast: £6.35 Exacta: £4.00
Jackpot: £42,367.46 carried forward to Exeter, 19th Nov, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £99.40, Pool: £125820.49, 923.8 winning tickets
Quadpot: £34.80, Pool: £8243.94, 174.83 winning tickets
A visually impressive performance from GRANDOUET who travelled strongly throughout and was far from hard-pressed to embolden his Champion Hurdle claims. Whilst at Wincanton he was too keen, Tony McCoy managed to get the gelding settled nicely towards the rear and the partnership took their hurdles well. Creeping between runners on the turn for home, it was evident he was travelling all over his rivals and a good leap at the second-last took him to the front. Fluent at the last, he won head in chest, and was trimmed accordingly for Cheltenham. He beat an unexposed, but relatively unproven field, and it will be interesting to see if he can put in the same sort of performances in a race like the International, Christmas or Fighting Fifth hurdles. Marsh Warbler ran a good race in second, rallying for that position after the last. He needs softer ground than this and connections should be delighted with this effort from the front, especially as he wasn't always totally fluent. Domtaline looked ready to run a very big race when winging the second, and he moved through to dispute the lead moving well at the fourth hurdle. Ultimately he was left for dead by the winner and seemed to empty quickly, with a crab-like jump at the last no help in his bid for second. The rest were all well-held, with No Planning unable to keep tabs on the leaders having jumped off prominently.