Tote Win: £6.00 Tote Place: £2.50,2.50,3.00
Straight Forecast: £35.54 Exacta: £30.10 Trifecta: £504.40 Swingers: 1&2:3.80 2&3:20.80 1&3:16.80
Jackpot: £86,890.81 carried forward to Cheltenham, 15th Mar
Placepot: £73.40, Pool: £937315.56, 9316.97 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £32395.49, 1281.41 winning tickets
Rebecca Curtis has been an up-and-coming trainer on the radar for a while but this first Cheltenham winner with TEAFORTHREE will bring her operation to the fore even more. The winner was given a fine ride by one of the most experienced amateurs around, JT McNamara, and jumped impeccably throughout. He didn't really settle early on so was in the front-rank as a result and was part of a group of five or so who had moved on from the pack before three out. Battling for all his worth turning for home, he was actually a half-length down at the last to the equally brave Four Commanders, but put in a super leap and landed running. He didn't have an awful lot left at the line, but after four miles of an end-to-end gallop, that's hardly surprising. He looks the ideal type for something like the Welsh National next season. Eventually Harry The Viking finished second, having looked set for third or even fourth after the last. He had travelled (and jumped) well behind the leaders for most of the contest, and tried his hardest to keep tabs on them turning in. Unfortunately he started to hang before the last fence but found more for pressure late on and was gaining on the leader at the line. One gets the impression that he is a bit of a thinker, so it might not be wise to assume he would have gone past. Four Commanders seemed to take very well to the challenge, racing up with the pace throughout, and it was only after the last, where he landed a bit steeply, that his challenge faltered. He's tried headgear in the past, but seemed genuine enough here. Fourth was Our Victoria who looked to be going best of all coming down the hill. Considering his odds he ran a blinder, and deserved to be placed really; like the first three home he jumped well throughout. Alfie Spinner had a good position for a lot of the race but just lacked the stamina to go with them from three out, whilst Daffern Seal was staying on well down the hill but just couldn't get near them going back up it. Allee Garde and the giant Soll both hit the deck around 14 fences from home, whilst State Benefit was still in there with a chance when falling eight out.