Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.90,£1.80,£2.30
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£2.90 2&3:£7.20 1&3:£7.10
Jackpot: £48,362.50, Pool: £68116.26, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £268.60, Pool: £222021.02, 603.2 winning tickets
Quadpot: £29.40, Pool: £16978.21, 426.47 winning tickets
One of the most taking performances of the afternoon as BOBS WORTH really stamped his Festival claims. It wasn't the fact that he won, but that he travelled with so much purpose, took being hampered in his stride, and then fended off a determined challenger after the last having been headed. All these added up mean that he looks a live player for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle, for which he has been shortened to clear 5-1 favourite. He's also in the Supreme Novices' market, and his high cruising speed means that isn't out of the question, however the longer race looks tailor-made for him. The runner-up deserves a lot of credit. Whilst Backspin and Bobs Worth were settling down to fight it out off the turn for home, Paul Nicholls' charge still had several lengths to find. However, taking the step up in trip in his stride, he made up the ground and even jumped into the lead at the last with a flying leap. His jockey was a bit untidy in the final furlong, taking an age to pull his whip through, but any momentum lost there was not enough to alter the result. The credit goes to the winner, who was probably idling slightly in front, and as soon as he saw his rival he quickened again close home. Credit also goes to the third home Habbie Simpson. Saving ground on the inside for a long way, he looks an honest horse and a solid yardstick for the race. Red-hot favourite Backspin, backed in from 3-1 in the morning, travelled well at the head of affairs for a long way. He was generally very slick at his obstacles but he paid the price for being too keen early on (including on his way down to the start). Whilst he has lost his unbeaten record, and been usurped for Cheltenham favouritism, he didn't lose too much caste in defeat. Champion Court jumped poorly throughout, and persistently out to his right, and was a spent force with some way to run, whilst the chasers-to-be Brunswick Gold and Ohio Gold both stayed on stoutly up the hill having been outpaced. Further back Sivola De Sivola ran a nice race, improving for the step up in trip, and is one to note when his sights are lowered.