Tote Win: £8.00 Tote Place: £2.50,4.50,1.90
Straight Forecast: £80.58 Exacta: £121.90 Trifecta: £684.40 Swingers: 1&2:37.50 2&3:18.50 1&3:7.30
Jackpot: £41,537.12 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Nov
Placepot: £157.70, Pool: £231859.94, 1073.16 winning tickets
Quadpot: £48.80, Pool: £12393.78, 187.81 winning tickets
SHOOTERS WOOD took a step forward to win this, having just appeared to be in the grip of the handicapper with three second-place finishes from four starts since joining Paul Nicholls. A sound jumper, jockey Ruby Walsh had him towards the fore from the start and he found plenty when challenged by Wetak from the home turn. It's not impossible that he can defy a rise in the weights, possibly in the two-mile handicap chase at Cheltenham's December meeting, given that he won't have to go up in grade having been towards the foot of the handicap here. Wetak often goes from the front in France, but settled well enough off the pace here. He hasn't had many opportunities over trips as short as this previously, but clearly has sufficient speed for two miles. Silver Roque looked as if he would throw down a challenge at the final fence, but faltered up the final climb to the winning post. Astracad ran his usual honest race at a course he likes. Kid Cassidy's comeback run at Aintree attracted understandable attention, but those expecting dramatic improvement here were to be left disappointed. As before, he was settled in rear and made gradual progress between rivals heading towards the third-last fence. But although he wasn't unduly punished, he never looked likely to pull out enough to get involved in the finish. A track with a less punishing layout might help his chances and he keeps giving the impression that one day everything will drop right for him, but he is undoubtedly becoming an expensive horse to follow.