Tote Win: £4.10 Tote Place: £1.80,2.60,2.90
Straight Forecast: £36.46 Exacta: £26.50 Trifecta: £143.50 Swingers: 1&2:3.80 2&3:8.30 1&3:4.60
Jackpot: £21,052.60, Pool: £94551.19, 9.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £309.50, Pool: £936524.56, 2208.36 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.60, Pool: £46213.6, 2703.93 winning tickets
This looked to be far and away the strongest renewal of this race in its short history and didn't disappoint with a scintillating finish fought out by a number of the form horses. There were slight doubts about RIVERSIDE THEATRE's ability to handle the track after a slightly peculiar run in the 2010 Arkle and there weren't many stages during the contest when his supporters would have been sitting comfortably. Barry Geraghty was at him after an early mistake and was always niggling at him to keep him in contention but the pair were still right there at the top of the hill and he showed a terrific attitude to knuckle down and keep his rivals at bay. As good a ride as Geraghty delivered, it was matched by McCoy on Albertas Run with plaudits also accorded to Jonjo O'Neill who delivered the 11 year old at concert pitch for his hat-trick attempt. He was given a typically bold ride, jumped brilliantly and was only just edged out by a stronger rival. Medermit has yet to win at this track but has now been placed on six of his eight runs here and finished 2 lengths closer to the winner than he had at Ascot last time. He's a likeable sort who deserves to win one of these but the suspicion is that he might just keep finding one too good. Connections had toyed with running him in the Gold Cup and will surely be tempted to try him over three miles early next season, if not this, in an attempt to increase the options open to them. Captain Chris never threatened but this was much more like it after he had been pulled up on his previous visit here when jumping markedly out to his right in the Argento. It appeared as though he essentially lacked the pace to be competitive over this trip and he would have to be of interest in the Guiness Gold Cup at Punchestown next month if coming out of this okay. Rubi Light, third last year, had impressed in Ireland this season but there were concerns about his ability to handle this ground and he is probably a little more effective with some cut. His jumping came under some pressure with the stronger pace and quick conditions but there was still plenty to like about this performance and connections can take plenty of heart from the run. They are convinced that he will stay three miles (the jury is still out) and they will be hopeful of coming back in 12 months time for the Gold Cup but there must be a doubt as to whether he will ever have his optimum conditions at this meeting. Perennial bridesmaid Forpadydeplasterer isn't the force of old but was travelling strongly coming down the hill and ran a fine race in sixth. His best days are behind him but he should continue to give his enthusiastic owners plenty of fun. The increasingly enigmatic Somersby was a huge disappointment with the form of his Victor Chandler Chase win franked by Finian's Rainbow on Wednesday. He was given every chance by Dominic Elsworth, creeping into the race on the outside, but hit three out and failed to rally. He had looked as though his day would never come prior to Ascot (a course that brings out the best in him) but that victory had fuelled hopes that he would deliver on his latent talent and it's difficult to know quite what to make of him now. Great Endeavour failed to cut the mustard on his first run at this level but could have been expected to have fared better. Noble Prince had long looked the ideal type for this race but the form of last year's Jewson had taken a few knocks and this season's efforts looked less impressive with the recent eclipse of Big Zeb. This was simply too bad to be true though and Davy Russell reported that the gelding "jumped right and felt wrong".