Tote Win: £2.70 Tote Place: £1.50,1.60
Straight Forecast: £6.31 Exacta: £6.70 Swingers: 1&2:1.02 2&3:7.30 1&3:6.70
Jackpot: £25,379.68 carried forward to Hereford, 11th Dec
Placepot: £13.80, Pool: £180835.64, 9557.89 winning tickets
Quadpot: £7.50, Pool: £12173.18, 1193.84 winning tickets
If this race is to have any impact on the contest that carries the same name at the Festival then it will come from Sea Of Thunder who had the race at his mercy when falling at the last. He had cruised to the front and was full of running when taking off far too early and taking a heavy fall; thankfully he was soon up on his feet and appeared to be none the worse for his tumble. He had chased home the unbeaten Hazy Tom at Wetherby (beaten 12 lengths) on his previous start so was in the process of paying a handsome compliment to Charlie Longsdon's charge although he did appear to benefit significantly from the marked step up in trip. Decent ground could also be fairly important to this half-brother to the smart Mac's Joy who rates an interesting prospect for Festival honours if his confidence remains unaffected. Quite how the form will work out for those who were in behind is open to debate with French Grade One winner Halley running no sort of race on his British bow; he patently failed to give his running but it would be no surprise if connections were to restrict his racing to raids across the Channel given the significantly better prize money on offer in France where he's a proven performer. It was left to DEIREADH RE and Rev It Up to fight out the finish with Paul Nicholls' five year old gaining a victory that looked unlikely for most of the three miles. It may just be immaturity that saw him race on and off the bridle and he certainly dug deep enough for Ruby Walsh. His trainer reported that he'll now go chasing and remarked that he is a similar type to Join Together who was second in this race last year and the best may not be seen of him until next season. Rev It Up was unbeaten in two hurdles after getting off the mark at the fourth attempt between the flags; he failed to live up to market expectations but ran respectably enough on this step up in class and looks an out and out stayer. Brass Tax was no match for the smart Simonsig at Ascot but proved that his relative proximity to Nicky Henderson's grey was no fluke with another good run in defeat. He has the scope to make up into a staying chaser in time but can win races in this sphere first, albeit at a less exalted level. He was just run out of third by American Spin but has more scope than Luke Dace's runner who should be able to win again back in grade or in handicap company.