Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.60,£1.80,£2.20
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£2.40 2&3:£4.70 1&3:£4.00
Placepot: £52.70, Pool: £150026.77, 2078.16 winning tickets
Quadpot: £17.50, Pool: £9559.54, 403.28 winning tickets
Back-to-back wins in the race for RIVERSIDE THEATRE, who was having his first outing in public since this event 12 months ago. Hats off to Nicky Henderson and his team for getting him spot on for the job, as the prize was not handed to him on a platter by any means thanks to a gritty effort in second by Medermit. The duo had the race between them off the home turn but it was Riverside Theatre who always held sway and never looked like giving up the advantage despite all the grey's effort in pursuit. It is hoped that the winner gets a clear run now through to the Festival and can have a crack at the Ryanair Chase - for which his price ranges from 4-1 to 7-1. His only visit to Cheltenham was a disappointing effort in the 2010 Arkle and although he seems to perform best on a flat or galloping track, it would be folly to rule out his chance next month. Medermit is a reliable performer but could not quite reel in his classy opponent. His jockey was almost catapulted over his head as the race started to warm up approaching Swinley Bottom so he gets extra credit for sticking to his guns so well. Alan King will consider the Ryanair or even the Gold Cup now. There was 20 lengths back to the third horse Gauvain, who ran a very strange race. Perhaps he was still thinking of the nasty fall he took here last time but Noel Fehily never looked happy from an early stage as his mount jumped with little confidence in rear. He was getting reminders passing the stands and looked ready to drop away before running on again from Swinley Bottom. He has bility on his day without question but which Gauvain turns up when remains a topic for speculation. I'msingingtheblues travelled with some purpose to five out but was soon feeling the squeeze while Tatenen - a dual course-and-distance winner - never looked like getting competitive. Kauto Stone was well fancied and tanked through to the front rank in front of the stands having been kept under wraps by Ruby Walsh. His injection of pace down the far side had a few of his rivals struggling but his exertions took a toll and he was readily beaten off after Riverside Theatre jumped on five out. Walsh allowed him to finish in his own time and Kauto Star's half brother has something to prove now if nothing comes to light. Little Josh had caught the eye on his comeback at Cheltenham and after jumping the first slowly, he took the field along for a good part of the contest. He started to back-pedal rapidly after he was headed and soon came under strong pressure before being pulled up before five out. Whether something was amiss or he sulked is open to debate but this was a pretty tame effort. Game veteran The Sawyer was worst in on official figures and ran like it.