Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££8.90,£1.50,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£21.80 2&3:£6.70 1&3:£42.60
Jackpot: £38,079.25 carried forward to Aintree, 13th Apr
Placepot: £392.10, Pool: £382521.38, 712.07 winning tickets
Quadpot: £206.50, Pool: £15884.69, 56.92 winning tickets
A race that fell apart at the seams and a shock result but not an undeserved one. FOLLOW THE PLAN was a dual grade one winner, had finished third in the 2011 renewal to Nacarat and a fair fourth in this season's Irish Hennessy. He was given a sensible ride by the under-rated Tom Doyle, creeping gradually into contention and was there to pick up the pieces as the more fancied runners fell by the wayside. He will now head to Punchestown in defence of his Guiness Gold Cup crown having been a slightly fortuitous 20-1 winner last May. Nacarat's connections must have been left rueing the recent rain as the gallant grey would surely have gone much closer on his favoured top of the ground but this was another honourable run. Burton Port's second place owed much to the considerable talents, not to mention determination, of his jockey as the Gold Cup fourth never looked to be travelling and appeared more likely to pull-up for the majority of the contest. He's had a couple of hard runs after a year out and has surely done enough for the season. Hunt Ball was the only one of the market leaders to travel with any zest but his stamina ebbed away in the closing stages and he was all out to hold on for third. This has been a quite remarkable campaign for the seven year old who was rated just 69 when winning in September. He's entitled to strengthen up a little more as he matures but, on this evidence, the Ryanair Chase would appear to be the obvious long-term objective for next season. Medermit also had his stamina to prove at this trip and is worth another crack at it as he didn't move through the race as well as he can and may have been feeling the effects of that epic duel in the Ryanair. He made a couple of mistakes but kept coming back for more and his attitude and consistency may yet see him pick up a decent prize. Master Of The Hall had it to prove in this level and never looked like playing a part but he did keep on through beaten horses and will find easier opportunities than this. 2010 winner What A Friend would have preferred quicker ground but still had enough form to his name under similar conditions to have been expected to have fared better given the way the race panned out. He appeared to hold every chance until backing out of it very quickly after a mistake and this quirky sort seemingly didn't fancy digging too deeply into his reserves. Diamond Harry continues to disappoint and it remains to be seen if something comes to light; connections have referred to him as an 'autumn' horse in the past and, although his victories are well spread out, his best performances have been before the turn of the year. The major disappointment of the race was Riverside Theatre who was expected to appreciate this step up in distance but was soon pulled up. While, this can easily be put down to the hard race he had at Cheltenham it's worth a cautionary note in the back of the mind that he hardly went a yard that day either (something that was put down to the track). His jockey later reported that the gelding was never travelling.