Tote Win: £2.30 Tote Place: £1.80,1.10
Straight Forecast: £2.46 Exacta: £3.30
Jackpot: £31,019.44 carried forward to Epsom Downs, 4th Jun
Placepot: £46.20, Pool: £209311.39, 3301.46 winning tickets
Quadpot: £9.60, Pool: £10559.29, 809.94 winning tickets
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY took another step towards redeeming his tall reputation with the second Group One victory of his career. Unbeaten as a juvenile, including a scintillating success in the Racing Post Trophy, he began his three year old campaign with a huge reputation but he failed to reappear after finishing an even money sixth in the Guineas at Newmarket. There wasn't an awful lot of encouragement behind his return in April but he won well from some average performers for the grade at Chester last month and fulfilled the promise of that victory here. He had sweated up quite badly on a warm day and had been difficult to saddle in the paddock and a shade keen behind a steady pace in the race itself. The Montjeu colt also looked ill at ease coming down the hill at Tattenham Corner and again on the cambers in the straight where he was tightened up by Midday. Ryan Moore switched him to the centre of the track, got him back on an even keel and he responded admirably to the pressure to win far more comfortably than had seemed likely with two furlongs to run. Once again, it is questionable quite what he achieved here with smart mare Midday having raced almost exclusively against her own sex and the other three runners being short of this level but he always looked to be getting there and there's plenty to look forward to for the remainder of the season. Connections pinpointed the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a potential next target which appears logical as, on this evidence, he could struggle if dropped back to ten furlongs - besides which connections have the brilliant So You Think to compete at this level. It has been a long time since a filly/mare won this Group One and Midday's five previous successes had all come against her own sex. She ran a fine race and lost little in defeat against a potentially top class colt. Tom Queally made his move rounding the home turn, she looked a little awkward on the cambers and drifted over to the far side rail but stuck to her task well and emerges with plenty of credit. Connections may now give her a break before bringing her back for the Nassau Stakes which she'll be attempting to win for a record third consecutive time. Clowance was the lowest rated runner in the race and prefers softer conditions but connections were rewarded for taking a chance with her ahead of her retirement (she's in foal to Oasis Dream). Dandino and Indian Days were readily left trailing and are short of this level. The former, who progressed well last season, set a steady gallop in the absence of a regular frontrunner and got squeezed up on the rail at the two pole when his jockey had to stop riding; he kept on well after that and probably ran to somewhere near his best.