Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.40,£3.80,£2.20
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£14.70 2&3:£12.10 1&3:£3.00
Jackpot: £24,218.66 carried forward to Aintree, 9th Apr
Placepot: £250.10, Pool: £442544.0, 1291.43 winning tickets
Quadpot: £36.50, Pool: £25851.0, 523.76 winning tickets
A really taking performance from TOPOLSKI. He wasn't the most fluent at his hurdles, but he didn't lose much ground or momentum, and ran out a deserving winner. He was held up last in the early stages, and was probably helped by Maggio setting a strong tempo. Daryl Jacob had to be patient, with a wall of horses still in front of him turning for home, however he manoeuvred a gap at the second-last. As the wheat was sorted from the chaff, and the field thinned out, he got a nice run on the far side, although he still had three lengths to find on Oilily who had got first run. However he ate up the ground approaching the last, and although not fluent, he always looked like mastering the mare in the final 100 yards. His trainer spoke afterwards of him having the potential to become a Champion Hurdle horse, and whilst that looks a bit fanciful at this stage, this talented flat horse certainly has potential for more improvement. He's not the biggest, so physical development is unlikely, however if his jumping becomes slicker then he'll be a force wherever he goes next. The runner-up ran a cracker. She may have been the oldest in the field, but she shrugged that aside and travelled extremely well towards the outside of the field. She was committed for home fairly early, which in hindsight may have hampered her chance as she wandered around in front, but this was still a career-best. Third home was Sire De Grugy, another who was covered up in midfield for a long way. He's a big long-striding horse and was just out-speeded late on. Had the ground been softer he would have gone awfully close to winning, and looks sure to make up into a lovely chaser next year. Alarazi, the Imperial Cup winner, finished fourth. He didn't settle quite as well as the winner, but he held every chance turning in before being left behind. To his credit he tried to rally, but just seemed to be finding things happening too quickly on this ground. Desert Cry was quite keen but shaped nicely in fifth, with Perfect Smile just a nose back. He didn't find quite as much as expected when let down and may just be a tad shy of this class. Brampour was disappointing, having been ridden closer to the pace than previously, whilst A Media Luz was a big disappointment. She didn't appear to be as keen as at Cheltenham, but was probably outdone by travelling on the outside with little cover; she remains a talented horse and her day will come.