Richard Forristal's day 4 race reads
1.30 Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f
Published 19/03/2016 | 02:30
Ivanovich Gorbatov won with far more authority than the a length margin suggests. Barry Geraghty quietly brought him through to track the then leader Apple's Jade into the straight.
He eased Ivanovich Gorbatov into the lead soon after the final flight and was able to put his turn of foot to use up the hill. Juveniles often don't progress as well as expected but this one clearly has a fair engine.
Apple's Jade raced just behind the frantic pacesetter Big Macintosh. She battled well after assuming the lead from three-out, but she simply wasn't good enough.
Footpad was still close to last two-out. Ruby Walsh seemed content there, but the front two didn't come back. Third was an accurate reflection of his ability, though he might have finished a little closer with less exaggerated tactics.
Let's Dance raced behind the clear early leader. She is diminutive but kept going to deny Leoncavallo fourth. The first four were Irish-trained.
2.10 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
Montbazon unseated its rider at the second and impeded All Yours, and then Dicosimo turned over at the fourth.
Montbazon's exit meant that the last hurdle had to be omitted, so it was a long run home for Superb Story, which had come through from mid-division.
Fethard Player and Sternruben had led from two-out but, when Superb Story got motoring on the home turn, there was no stopping him.
Harry Skelton rode a composed race and they won well by a couple of lengths, with Fethard Player second and Sternruben third. Both raced handily from the off.
Great Field, which was keen in the lead for Geraghty, paid for his exuberance by stopping when the field collared him two-out. Starchitect got a little outpaced down the hill but kept galloping to be fifth, just behind Wait For Me, which came through from a long way back.
2.50 Grade One Albert Bartlett Hurdle 3m
Unowhatimeanharry has made his way up through handicaps and produced a tough display to extend his run at the highest level.
He started the season off 123 and won last time off 138, but he came through from the inside rear here under the excellent Noel Fehily to beat the best staying novices around.
Unowhatimeanharry just edged past Barters Hill at the last flight, and then began to roll to his right. If he kept going he would have been in bother, but Fehily straightened him up and kept him off Fagan, which came up the stands rail.
He had also emerged from the rear, but Unowhatimeanharry had a length or two on him throughout.
Fagan also improved from his Musselburgh defeat to run above himself, while Champers On Ice took third. He had pressed Barters Hill down the hill, after Up For Review had kept Barters Hill company early on before tiring and being pulled up.
Allyson Monterey similarly tired into sixth after earlier exertions close to the pace, while Balko Des Flos plugged on 11 lengths behind Barters Hill for fifth. Shantou Village's wwchallenge didn't materialise. This is a pretty slow bunch, and sadly Long Dog broke his leg on the flat on the run to the fifth flight.
3.30 Grade One Timico Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f
Bryan Cooper elected to keep Don Cossack a little wide to give him some space and, while it might be pushing it to suggest that was the winning of the race, the horse always seemed to be in its element.
Previously, he has looked a touch claustrophobic, so it was a wise manoeuvre. Cooper rode him like he was the best horse in the race, just behind the leaders, and was rewarded for his confidence.
With Cue Card crashing three-out when travelling as well as Don Cossack and Djakadam on either side of him, we can't say definitively that Don Cossack would have won had he stood up, but they are there to be jumped. He is a bang up to scratch winner.
Cue Card tracked Djakadam on the inner until that point and Paddy Brennan appeared to have plenty horse. At the time, so too did Ruby Walsh, but Djakadam didn't have the required gears on this ground.
He again ran a gallant race in defeat and will continue to be a force in staying chases, particularly when the ground is soft.
Don Poli never really got into the race. He plugged on from the rear to be third, and, again, might be most effective with a bit more cut.
Carlingford Lough ran on to be a well-beaten fourth, while Irish Cavalier was just behind him in fifth. They passed tired horses like Smad Place and O'Faolains Boy, which ran well for a long way after making some of the running.
4.10 St James's Place Foxhunter Chase 3m 2f
Nina Carberry was excellent as ever on On The Fringe.
She sat him in and took him wide, and her mount responded gamely for pressure to lead at the last. He held on grimly to defy Marito by a neck. Marito was dropped right out and might have been set too a little too much to do. He flew home but the winner always had first run on him.
Paint The Clouds raced handily and found more again after hitting a flat spot. He got closer to On The Fringe than he did a year ago on more favourable ground conditions.
Current Event ran well in fourth, while Pacha Du Polder stayed on from the rear to be fifth. He looked as though he was set an insurmountable task, but mightn't have got home if he were ridden closer.
4.50 Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
Ibis De Rheu rallied to lead halfway up the run-in as they past the bypassed final flight. He was brought through up the inside and had targets to aim at, as Tully East and runner-up Flying Angel had got involved in a bit of a tussle, after Work In Progress initially set a ferocious gallop. The third Sky Khan got impeded passing the omitted last, while Tully East just hung on for fourth from Whiteout. The favourite Squouateur was a never-dangerous seventh.
5.30 Grand Annual Handicap Chase 2m 1f
Solar Impulse raced just off the leaders early on.
He travelled smoothly, and, while he clipped three-out, his jumping was good. He was brought through to lead before the final fence by Sam Twiston-Davies and strode to a commanding four-length length victory.
He took over from Red Spinner, which led three-out from the pace-setting Velvet Maker. Next Sensation was bang there at that point but wilted, as did the eventual fifth Red Spinner.
Dandridge came from a long way back under Davy Russell to grab second from Rock The World, while Savello bounced back to form to take fifth.