Tote Win: £4.40 Tote Place: £1.90,1.20,1.10
Straight Forecast: £13.03 Exacta: £13.70 Trifecta: £14.80 Swingers: 1&2:2.20 2&3:1.60 1&3:2.20
Jackpot: £1,041.60, Pool: £30764.83, 24.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £29.80, Pool: £104059.47, 2544.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £13.70, Pool: £5917.13, 319.25 winning tickets
A maiden hurdle with a good history having been won by Rhinestone Cowboy, Sizing Europe and Copper Bleu amongst others while Nicky Henderson had won the last two renewals for owner JP McManus with Bellvano and Kid Cassidy. The owners' silks once again passed the past in front but this time it was aboard trainer Jonjo O'Neill's IT'S A GIMME who got the better of the more strongly fancied Henderson runner Mono Man. The winner showed a decent level of form in bumpers - twice running close behind Keys - before running the unbeaten Hazy Tom to a head on his hurdling debut. His yard is in a rich vein of form at present and he travelled strongly into contention before running on well for pressure. There should be more to come from this son of Beneficial who rates a promising recruit. He had the edge in experience over the placed horses who both attracted good support in the market. Colour Squadron had impressed in a Chepstow bumper on debut and, like many from that sphere, will probably prefer a stiffer test than was on offer here. A maiden win over hurdles is a formality on this evidence and he could take high rank. Hopes are high for Mono Man who would have gone close but for making a mess of the final flight; the first two had flown by the time that he gathered himself but it was pleasing to see him close the leaders down to the line. He, like the first two home, should have prove competitive in graded company before the season's out. Broomfield's reputation preceded him to the track last season but he failed to deliver; he was left behind by the first three between the final two flights but this was certainly a step in the right direction for this half-brother to Behrajan. He may be more of a long-term project and was, sensibly, looked after by his jockey once his chance had gone and he should benefit from this run. That quartet outclassed the remainder but there were some noteworthy performances in behind. Judge Davis raced with the principals for a long way, Lemon's Gent was far from disgraced and Spoil Me travelled well enough to believe that he has a future in time but the big eyecatcher was Cousin Khee. A useful bumper performer (eighth at Cheltenham) for a yard that doesn't rush their horses, this was a highly encouraging start to his hurdling career and he can be expected to step up significantly on this run in time.