Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.50,£4.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£5.70 2&3:£0.00 1&3:£8.00
Placepot: £628.10, Pool: £116403.9, 135.28 winning tickets
Quadpot: £34.20, Pool: £10759.66, 232.64 winning tickets
An interesting race on paper and unfortunately a lone finish for OVERTURN as Oscar Whisky departed at the final flight. Firstly let's deal with the winner. He jumped well out in front and was allowed to set his own fractions. He was quick at the third-last which gave him a four length lead over Oscar Whisky. A stout galloper, he was always running on well, and he jumped the next two flights quickly and was battling away when challenged at the last. He was foot-perfect and was able to come home in his own time. His run in the Champion Hurdle showed he will probably always struggle in the very top bracket, but he's a fine dual-purpose horse and the race that Oscar Whisky won at Aintree looks a feasible long-term target. Now Oscar Whisky. He was quite keen early on, and Barry Geraghty chased the pace set by the winner, seemingly unwilling to give him too much rope. There were a number of sloppy jumps throughout, especially the third last, and Geraghty seemed reluctant to really ask him to fly the second-last. At the next flight Geraghty asked his partner for a big one to try and pinch the race, but the gelding didn't pick his legs up at all and took a crashing fall. There's no way of knowing whether he would have won, with Geraghty himself unsure. Trainer Nicky Henderson felt he'd left plenty to work on, so it remains a performance of some merit, given the way he worked himself into the race despite the persistent errors (and he was giving the winner 8lbs). He looks likely to head down the World Hurdle route, and should get the trip. Whether he's good enough to beat Big Buck's is another thing altogether. For Non Stop eventually came home in second but was left behind when the race started in earnest. This should have helped his confidence a bit, whilst King Of The Night was well-beaten. He benefitted from a suicidal pace when a winner on his previous start, and although he had a chance on the figures, his rating looks wrong. He too was quickly dropped by the big two even before the turn for home.