Tote Win: £2.00 Tote Place: £1.10,2.80,2.50
Straight Forecast: £18.54 Exacta: £21.40 Trifecta: £109.20 Swingers: 1&2:5.60 2&3:11.20 1&3:4.60
Jackpot: £5,117.22 carried forward to Towcester, 24th Oct
Placepot: £70.20, Pool: £123129.99, 1279.46 winning tickets
Quadpot: £10.40, Pool: £6968.58, 495.75 winning tickets
The return of Sheikh Mohammed's famous colours to an English racecourse and a performance to please all racing fans. CASAMENTO, despite drifting to his right in the final furlong, was always in command and scored in clear-cut fashion from Seville in second, with stablemate Master Of The Hounds in third. No frantic gallop from the onset with Dubawi Gold leading the group towards the far side, with Seville racing alone nearer to the stands rail. Dubawi Gold was keen in front in the first half of the race, whilst after just a furlong there was a mini-incident when Dunboyne Express and Karam Albaari seemed to have a coming together; as a result both were quite keen. The winner had his head to the side throughout but he'd settled well, as had Native Khan further back. Ultimately Frankie Dettori had his mount in the perfect position to pick up the piece from the slow tempo and he committed for home some way out. That was when he drifted under pressure but to be fair he then straightened up when persuaded with the whip and ran on well. Meanwhile the lone ranger Seville refused to lie down and it was only in the last 50 yards that the result was settled. Master Of The Hounds was another from Ballydoyle hoping to further improve his trainer's excellent record in the race and he came from further back having seemingly been outpaced when the tempo quickened. The disappointment of the race was Dunboyne Express. Perhaps his early bump put him off slightly but he didn't quicken under pressure and whilst he plugged on into fifth it seems a bit inconclusive whether this trip will suit. Native Khan fared best of the home challenge and he ran a cracker in fourth, perhaps just being slightly outclassed, whilst Titus Mills made a challenge two furlongs out but weakened quickly and finished last of all. Zaidan was one of the first to be shoved along, and along with Toolain who made some late progress past beaten horses, was another to be well beaten off. The winner, trained by Mick Halford, may yet move to the Godolphin operation over the winter but it would be harsh on a trainer who has brought him along superbly. Whether he will stay the Derby trip is another question yet to be answered, especially by his pedigree, but he has plenty of improvement yet to come and it would be a brave man who discounts him lightly.