Tote Win: £18.80 Tote Place: £4.30,6.70,9.40,11.70
Straight Forecast: £349.30 Exacta: £497.60 Trifecta: £8,723.20 Swingers: 1&2:79.50 2&3:0.00 1&3:380.40
Jackpot: £13,559.38 carried forward to Doncaster, 3rd Apr
Placepot: £19,426.50, Pool: £203579.28, 7.65 winning tickets
Quadpot: £554.90, Pool: £13048.58, 17.4 winning tickets
An emphatic winner in the form of SWEET LIGHTNING, providing a timely fillip for owner Andrew Tinkler. Trained by Michael Dods, the winner was held up off the pace in the stands side group but began to creep closer to the front from halfway. With proven stamina up to 12 furlongs, and fitness on his side from a jaunt to Dubai, jockey Johnny Murtagh kept tabs on the leader with three furlongs left to run. He got a lovely tow through from Docofthebay and once hitting the front a furlong from home there was only ever one winner. He had to work hard to master Brae Hill, but with the pair pulling clear of the pack, once he had done so then he was never in any danger and the wining margin was ultimately a fairly cosy one. According to his trainer he loves getting a good tow from quick horses, so this plan worked out perfectly. Accordingly he was impressive, which means the handicapper will probably be a tad over-zealous meaning that any future handicap run will be tough, but if he gets another perfect tow then he could improve once again. Brae Hills ran a cracker in second, having been fairly close to the pace throughout. He was on the favoured side but, having been keen early on, the way he saw out his race suggests that this test holds no fears, especially if returned to his favoured haunt of Chester in the future. The first two were miles clear of Dubai Hills who belied his odds with a fine third, leading the group home on the far side. He was 30lb higher than when last tried on turf, but ran a cracker, suggesting that another win is imminent when granted softer ground or a return to fibresand. Axiom was fourth home, meaning that three of the first four finishers were drawn above 15. He is fairly exposed but showed plenty of zest and may yet return to the winners' enclosure this season. Eton Rifles was a real eye catcher, only just finishing outside the (regulation) places. He was always prominent on the far side, but his stamina just gave way in the closing stages; he looks a well-handicapped horse and will win when returned to shorter. Docofthebay ran well, leading inside the two furlong pole, but ultimately he paid the price for racing on the tough end throughout. Lowther was next home; he wasn't given a great ride by his jockey, finding trouble just as the race developed, and he can be rated better than the bare result. Irish Heartbeat held every chance on the far side but his effort petered out late on, a comment that also applies to the grey Light From Mars who made an effort two from home. He hasn't been with his new yard for long and will be placed to good effect later in the season. Gunner Lindley raced in the front-rank for a fair way but probably found the ground a bit quick, whilst Doctor Crane raced too freely in first-time headgear. Our Joe Mac and Fremont were fairly well-held but neither looks a lost cause just yet. It should be noted that the race lost a bit of its lustre with the withdrawal of favourite Taqleed on account of the ground.