Tote Win: £4.70 Tote Place: £1.90,2.40
Straight Forecast: £16.59 Exacta: £16.10 Swingers: 1&2:7.80 2&3:8.40 1&3:1.70
Jackpot: £5,555.50, Pool: £21320.68, 4.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £105.20, Pool: £113617.27, 788.2 winning tickets
Quadpot: £31.60, Pool: £8674.75, 202.9 winning tickets
A very impressive performance from ZAYNAR sealed victory but it's probably sensible to treat this form with a degree of caution. While the former Triumph Hurdle winner is capable of very smart form on his day he has proved increasingly difficult to win with; indeed, this was his first win for two years. The cheekpieces which he had worn on his last two starts were left off which may not have made any material difference but he undoubtedly benefited from an uncontested lead and enjoyed himself out in front. He turned the screw coming out of Swinley Bottom when quickening the pace and soon had his rivals toiling as a result while a couple of good leaps maintained his advantage. The Jewson is under consideration at the Festival and he has the class to be a factor if connections can keep him sweet. Kumbeshwar had impressed with the accuracy of his fencing when making a winning debut at Hereford and ran a fine race over this longer trip on ground that the balance of his form suggests was soft enough. He was unable to go with the winner and the championship races look beyond him on this evidence but it would be no surprise to see the Fred Winter runner-up returning to the Festival for one of the handicaps after picking up some more experience along the way. Frascati Park usually tries to make all or, at least, race prominently but he made no attempt to take Zaynar on at the start and connections may regret not having made more use of him. He faced a stiff task giving weight away to all bar two of his rivals in this company but wasn't disgraced and paid the price for trying to give chase to the winner in the back straight but, for which, he may well have finished second. Micheal Flips' form over fences had a very solid look to it but he failed to run up to the level of his first two chase starts which was disappointing given that he seems to benefit from having plenty of time between his races which was the case here. Pacha du Polder had got the better of the useful Eradicate in a small field race at Sandown but there wasn't a lot of confidence behind him in the market and he was yet another to fail to get into the race. The well-regarded Chablais had been reasonably solid throughout the day but drifted alarmingly prior to the off and never looked to be travelling. He jumped left, as he had done on debut, and has plenty of room for improvement in that department when connections can get him back on track. That may not be for some time though as he has stood very little racing and the veterinary officer reported that the gelding had finished distressed.