The race caused a storm of controversy because the champion was caught and beaten a short head after easing down
when well clear to beaten by Rye, who was sent off the odds-on favourite.
Venn Ottery lowered the two-mile record, easing down
and now goes for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Fortune's is the third such case this month following bans for Darren Williams (eight days for losing fourth place) and Fran Ferris (21 days for easing down
only to be caught in the final stride).
But Xaipete relished the surface and, partnered by amateur, Larry McGrath he led four out and went away to win easing down
by eight lengths.
Jockey Richard Hills, was content to take a lead from Rich In Love for the early part of the race before producing the 1-3 favourite two furlongs out to pull clear and beat that rival easing down
by six lengths.
But McColgan expects to be easing down
in Florida where she will work with coach Greta Weitz on the final touches of the preparations for her gold medal bid.
While the 25 basis point easing announced by the FOMC on Tuesday was disappointing for some, ultimately the markets will be cheered by lower rates and expectations for further easing down
But the gallant Xaipete, who would not be running but for the patience of Guest and his owner Norman Mason, relished the surface at the Cumbrian track and, partnered by amateur rider , Larry McGrath he led four out and went away to win easing down
by eight lengths.
When Queen's Logic won at Royal Ascot last summer, Roundtree finished third and she was the one who finished second on Saturday so you could say it confirmed the form, but by the time Roundtree was making ground, Steve Drowne was already easing down
on our filly.
WHILE I agree with Trading Post's comments that Mick Fitzgerald's easing down
on Chomba Womba (November 14) was a narrowly averted disaster, could we have a reality check and, instead of another voice calling for the hanging of riders easing down
in a finish, look at why this happens?