Tote Win: £5.60 Tote Place: £2.50,3.00,9.80
Straight Forecast: £33.23 Exacta: £40.50 Trifecta: £1,945.40 Swingers: 1&2:8.10 2&3:78.00 1&3:34.40
Jackpot: £8,787.16 carried forward to York, 12th May
Placepot: £2,923.40, Pool: £182016.7, 45.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £190.00, Pool: £11121.65, 43.3 winning tickets
A strong finish here from DELEGATOR, as having mixed it around the mile mark for a year, he showed the pace to cope with this shorter trip. Having broken smartly under Frankie Dettori, he was then steadied up towards the rear as the greyhounds went off after the hare. Dettori brought him stands side to make his challenge, and he started to inch closer before the furlong pole. Tracking (eventual runner-up) Regal Parade through, he picked up smartly with 100 yards to run and was always holding the second home. He wasn't wildly impressive here, but (well-backed) he was authoritative and it was no surprise to see him shortened for the Golden Jubilee next month. He'll have to improve to finish in the top five there, however he's a talented fellow and if kept sound should be a force this season. Regal Parade could have done with some rain, but as it was he ran a blinder. He seemed to get a little outpaced before halfway, but, like the winner coming from off the pace, he responded well to pressure and hit the front a furlong out. He's an experienced pro and kept battling, but could do nothing about the winner. He appreciated having no penalty here (as he had carried on his reappearance) and will win Group races this year when the going is soft, with more trips to France on the horizon. Third home was Tiddliwinks who bounced back to form in style. For a speedy horse, it was clear that they were going quickly when he could only sit in midfield. He started to make a move two furlongs out, but found his way blocked, and it's to the horse's credit that he picked up well when asked for another effort; on this evidence a return to seven furlongs won't be a problem at all. Fourth home was Hitchens who was another to make up ground from off the pace. His jockey just had to wait for a gap to appear a furlong out, which may have checked his momentum slightly, but this was a fine run. One could argue that the close proximity of these two horses, rated 94 and 102 respectively, holds down the form, and it would be hard to argue too effectively against that theory in all honesty; this wasn't a stellar renewal. Dalghar had every chance two furlongs out but seemed to be found out for a) fitness and b) a turn of foot, so he'll be of more interest next time. Markab and Hamish McGonagall paid the price for setting too strong a pace, whilst Genki had the race run to suit but failed to show the same turn of foot as at Newmarket. Prime Defender tired late on, whilst Triple Aspect caught the eye. He stayed on for a never nearer fifth and was another who didn't get the cleanest route through the race. Rose Blossom missed the break, hardly ideal for a front-runner, whilst Ladies Are Forever found the company too hot and might be of more interest later in the season when she has some more time under her belt.