Tote Win: £4.00 Tote Place: £1.80,1.10,4.40
Straight Forecast: £9.03 Exacta: £9.40 Trifecta: £62.80 Swingers: 1&2:1.80 2&3:6.20 1&3:7.90
Jackpot: £9,325.70, Pool: £26269.81, 2.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £353.40, Pool: £191039.16, 394.55 winning tickets
Quadpot: £55.20, Pool: £13319.64, 178.45 winning tickets
This race lost plenty of its appeal after the withdrawal of Patkai but perhaps he would've been hard pressed on his comeback to deny the gutsy TASTAHIL who saw off all comers from the front under William Buick. This was his first win in seven attempts this year but he showed what he might have to offer when second in the Doncaster Cup and connections were handsomly repaid for their patience today. Sheikh Hamdan was double handed with Akmal also in the field and it was that horse who looked the most likely winner a quarter of a mile from home as he travelled into the race smoothly under Tadgh O'Shea. However, he couldn't go through with his effort and eventually faded into fourth, beaten to the places by the staying-on Motrice and Buxted. This was a career-best by the winner who had previously only triumphed at listed level, but in truth this wasn't a great Group 3 by any means and he could struggle if stepped up in grade in the future. Motrice ran well again with all the allowances and she's clearly at the top of her game. She's another who might struggle in this grade next year though. Buxted, easily outpointed in his last two races at this level, took advantage of Akmal's weak finish to grab third.