Tote Win: £29.50 Tote Place: £6.20,2.20,4.00
Straight Forecast: £154.43 Exacta: £179.20 Trifecta: £1,216.90 Swingers: 1&2:27.30 2&3:9.80 1&3:26.30
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
A messy race but ultimately a deserving winner as former Ayr Gold Cup winner JIMMY STYLES burst through in the final furlong for the win. Clive Cox's seven-year-old was held up in the early stages as the field congregated into one slow trundling ball of runners on the stands-side rail. With an early pace more associated with hunter chases, it made the turn of foot displayed by the winner even more impressive. He had received a bit of a bump before the furlong marker, but this may have galvanised him slightly, and once jockey Adam Kirby had squeezed him through a gap a furlong out, there was only ever going to be one winner. This was a bounce back to form, having been fairly readily held at Wolverhampton when last seen, however the handicapper will look at how well he travelled and will probably put him up to too high a mark for future handicaps. He'll have to stick to this sort of grade and it's probably unlikely that he'll have such a smooth passage in the coming months. The story of the race for the favourite Bated Breath was one of farce. From a draw near the rails, the four-year-old was quickly into stride but his jockey Steve Drowne then allowed his mount to drift back through the field and ultimately end up behind a wall of horses. He tried to manoeuvre a way through (on the rails) around halfway, but he might as well have been trying to fit a camel through the eye of a needle. Having been stopped several times, he then found more trouble as the real sprint for home developed with 100 yards to run. Had Drowne manoeuvred his horse to the outside after two furlongs, he would have been in a similar position to the eventual winner, and then viewers would have had the chance to see how good this son of Dansili might be. Ultimately the outing will have cleared away a few cobwebs, and he is worth giving another chance to wherever he heads next. Iver Bridge Lad is a real credit to connections and he ran another game race in second, especially as the slack pace wouldn't have played to his strengths. Brave Prospector came from a fair way back under Jamie Spencer and he had every chance in the closing stages, but just found two horses with a better turn of foot than him. The eye-catcher of the race was the fourth home Hitchens. The watered ground would have been against him as he wants the going rattling quick but he really stayed on well under hands and heels in the final furlong, having been denied a clear run just as the sprint developed. Lovelace led inside the last furlong but this strong stayer was trying this trip for the first time in ages and will be more effective over further next time. Royal Rock stayed on, having looked a little outpaced two furlongs out, whilst Prime Defender disappointed. He was prominent throughout but weakened quickly away; he was perhaps a touch keen but this must go down as a poor effort. Doncaster Rover was well-beaten when hampered, a comment that also applies to Rash Judgement. Tajneed would have found the ground far too fast and trailed in last; back him on soft ground later in the season at Ripon or Ayr would be the advice.