Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.60,£1.70,£1.90
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.90 2&3:£3.90 1&3:£2.10
Jackpot: £25,379.68 carried forward to Hereford, 11th Dec
Placepot: £13.80, Pool: £180835.64, 9557.89 winning tickets
Quadpot: £7.50, Pool: £12173.18, 1193.84 winning tickets
A good renewal of this contest which saw Triumph Hurdle third GRANDOUET put himself firmly in the picture for the Champion Hurdle, leaving his trainer with a potential embarrassment of riches with Binocular, Spirit Son and possibly Oscar Whisky still in the picture. He had patently failed to get up the hill in March and there was a stride or two when it looked as though he might falter but he soon responded for Barry Geraghty, who held on to him for as long as possible, and ran out a decisive winner from a decent yardstick from whom he was receiving 4lbs. He's still prone to making the odd mistake at his hurdles and would need to improve again to match a peak-form Hurricane Fly but, the Champion aside, this looks an open year and we are still waiting for Willie Mullins' runner, Zarkandar and Spirit Son to reappear. Overturn is a real star for his connections and certainly won't fall short for a lack of trying in March but this once again confirmed the impression that he's short of the best in this division and he could struggle to improve significantly on last year's seventh in the Champion. Brampour had impressed in winning a weak renewal of the Greatwood and proved that he can be a factor in graded races with this display which reportedly came off the back of an interrupted preparation. He obviously has something to find but is firmly on an upward curve and could yet make the grade. Menorah was well backed to make a winning return over hurdles but proved rather disappointing when asked for his effort. He hasn't always shown a sparkling turn of foot but one might have expected him to keep grinding out the ground but the response was limited; connections will now revert to Plan A and he is set to go back over fences. If connections aren't keen on taking on the like of Peddlers Cross and Al Ferof, the Jewson would be an obvious alternative providing all goes well. Sanctuaire has proved frustrating since winning the Fred Winter and ran about as well as can have been expected, travelling well as is often the case but failing to make any significant ground. Clerk's Choice has an inflated rating courtesy of his win here in October of last year for another yard but could have been expected to get involved as he's gone well fresh in the past and conditions were in his favour but ran a long way below form on debut for his new trainer.