Tote Win: £4.20 Tote Place: £2.00,1.90,1.80
Straight Forecast: £13.16 Exacta: £15.10 Trifecta: £100.70 Swingers: 1&2:2.90 2&3:4.40 1&3:3.40
Jackpot: £38,079.25 carried forward to Aintree, 13th Apr
Placepot: £392.10, Pool: £382521.38, 712.07 winning tickets
Quadpot: £206.50, Pool: £15884.69, 56.92 winning tickets
The Triumph Hurdle form was duly reversed although arguably not in the manner that many had expected. Countrywide Flame was hard at work from a long way out at Cheltenham whereas GRUMETI had moved into the race that bit better but those roles were also reversed here. With the runner-up seemingly doing it easily at the head of affairs, Robert Thornton was low in the saddle and working away on his mount from some way out but Grumeti kept responding and was on terms jumping the last. From that point in, the result never really looked in doubt despite the second's best efforts with the winner certainly appreciating the cut in the ground. The winner has progressed throughout the season and, given his style of racing, looks worth a crack over another half a mile next term. The strength of this year's juveniles has long been called in to question but Alan King, for whom Grumeti was his third winner in six runnings of this race, certainly believes that there's a good deal more to come from his charge but in all likelihood there will need to be. The runner-up has come a long way since finishing out of the places in an all-weather seller on the level and is reportedly set for a return to that sphere with the Cesarewitch (a race in which hurdlers have a good record) and the Fighting Fifth the long-term objectives. He obviously has a strong constitution as he's had very little time off since a break of just over three months at the start of 2011 but has surely earned the opportunity to rest on his laurels for a spell this summer. That pair pulled a long way clear of Sadler's Risk who has proved relatively disappointing since impressing on his hurdling bow. He was only just over 9 lengths behind the winner last month so doesn't appear to have progressed at the same rate. He could head to Punchestown next but, in the longer term, he could well improve for being stepped up in trip over hurdles having looked onepaced since being stepped up in grade. Eagle Rock was far from disgraced on this steep rise in class but was readily left behind by the front pair; he still looks to be progressing and could have more to offer back on the Flat this summer. Zarzal shaped with a degree of promise on this second start over hurdles and should, at least, pick up an ordinary handicap but Dodging Bullets failed to build on his eyecatching run in the Triumph having been hampered by the fall of Hinterland and the run is probably best forgotten. He was fitted with a tongue tie for the first time here and it would be no great surprise were he to be booked in for a wind operation over the summer. On the face of it, there's not a huge amount of encouragement to be taken from Lyvius' run but the ex-German Flat horse looks very much a work in progress; he showed up well for a long way here and is a most interesting long-term prospect.