Tote Win: £3.20 Tote Place: £1.70,1.30
Straight Forecast: £6.40 Exacta: £6.80 Swingers: 1&2:1.20 2&3:6.30 1&3:8.90
Jackpot: £4,062.80, Pool: £20028.0, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £20.40, Pool: £189973.53, 6775.51 winning tickets
Quadpot: £5.70, Pool: £9356.46, 1194.67 winning tickets
CARLTON HOUSE became Sir Michael Stoute's sixth winner of the Dante Stakes and will now head to Epsom as favourite for the Derby. North Light won both races for the Newmarket handler in 2003, Tartan Bearer won at York before being narrowly beaten at Epsom whilst Workforce, of course, became the first horse beaten in the Dante to triumph on the Downs. The race was only run at a steady pace and the winning time was almost three and a half seconds slower than that recorded by Midday around half an hour earlier which raises obvious questions about stamina for the longer trip. Carlton House does deserve credit as he got a little warm at the start and raced keenly for much of this reappearance but he showed a really good attitude to force his way through a narrow gap to take up the running and was going away at the line. Connections have no doubt about him seeing out the longer trip (related to a winner over 15 furlongs) and are sure to have left plenty to work on although he will need to settle better at Epsom than he did here although the likely stronger pace may well help in that regard. He's a worthy favourite in a year that appears to be lacking outstanding candidates although the bookmakers have taken few chances with his price. In hindsight, Christophe Soumillon may wish that he had kicked for home a little earlier on Seville. Paddock watchers felt that the Racing Post Trophy second was quite well forward for this return to action and he settled well in second under a tight hold; Soumillon had to ride him to ensure that he got to the stands side rail ahead of Pisco Sour as the field again came across to the stands side but, having done so, was content to maintain that position rather than continue to head for home. He travelled very well but lacked the finishing speed of the winner and didn't have too hard a race in defeat. He did hang in towards Carlton House when put under pressure which he hasn't done before but there was nothing too much to worry about there and this was a satisfactory performance. Connections intend to take on the winner at Epsom where a stronger gallop and the longer trip should bring out the best in him. Pisco Sour is well regarded by connections and is also due to head to Epsom; he had plenty to find on the form book although he wasn't far behind Guineas fifth, Fury, in a valuable sales race last year. He was allowed to do his own thing out in front and was readily put in his place by the front two; his trainer reported that the ground was faster than ideal. This was a big step up in class for World Domination on just his second start and, at this stage of his career, he came up short although he had missed a vital piece of work due to a bruised hoof. He took a long time to settle for Tom Queally and was struggling with over a furlong to run; the Derby will clearly come too soon for this well-regarded colt and connections have indicated that they will wait for Royal Ascot. He still has plenty to prove to live up to his reputation but this was a step up from his maiden win and should have brought him on; it will be fascinating to see how he develops during this season and, possibly, next season too. Marcus Tregoning was hopeful of a big run from Yaseer but the Craven third failed to land a blow and may need his sights lowered for the time being.