Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£20.70
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£9.50 2&3:£41.40 1&3:£2.20
Jackpot: £16,666.60, Pool: £21082.72, 1.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £36.30, Pool: £179526.23, 3601.4 winning tickets
Quadpot: £8.30, Pool: £11260.14, 994.81 winning tickets
Another breathtaking performance from BIG BUCK'S in a race that has a little more meat to it than the bare bones of the result suggest. The race progressed much as you would have expected until Conor O'Farrell tried to steal the contest on the back stretch causing Ruby Walsh to get very animated in the saddle and it looked as though he might have a real race on his hands. However, the champion effortlessly reeled in the grey to move alongside turning for home before sauntering clear to win by the widest margin of his career in Britain; this is as good as it gets. Restless Harry - a decent yardstick - was beaten by the same distance that he had been in this year's World Hurdle (which turned into a sprint) and suggests that Big Buck's ran as well as he's ever done and his connections believe that he's a better horse this year. At this stage, however, there isn't a horse out there that's capable of pushing him to his limits. Restless Harry ran another typically game race and deserves credit for finishing in front of Dynaste having chased the pace set by David Pipe's runner. His chasing career hasn't taken off yet (he has been highly tried) and he's beginning to look like a horse who could be difficult to place successfully. A race like the Welsh National may be his best chance of winning a big prize providing that the assessor takes a realistic view of his achievements although his honesty could count against him in that sphere. Five Dream finished through runners to pick up the pieces and claim a decent chunk of prize money in the process. He's run three solid races this season having lost his way over fences but he's thoroughly exposed and will always be vulnerable to a progressive rival in handicaps. Dynaste paid the price for his positive move in the country but for which it's reasonable to assume he would have finished second. This was a good performance on this step up in grade with his hurdling particularly impressive. A 17lb rise for his Haydock romp makes it debateable as to whether he can make a successful return to handicapping but there's no reason why he shouldn't beat all bar the winner at Cheltenham if ridden more conservatively and there should be further improvement in him. Cross Kennon enjoyed a fine last campaign but has been well beaten in two runs over fences and failed to sparkle back over timber; he is best watched until showing some more sparkle. Pettifour would have preferred quicker conditions as would Sparky May who again travelled well before finding little.