Tote Win: £1.30 Tote Place: £1.10,5.30
Straight Forecast: £12.45 Exacta: £9.30 Swingers: 1&2:2.90 2&3:6.30 1&3:2.90
Jackpot: £20,118.60, Pool: £28336.08, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £2,181.70, Pool: £119993.9, 40.15 winning tickets
Quadpot: £151.30, Pool: £8844.66, 43.24 winning tickets
A straightforward win from a potential superstar. FRANKEL had a lovely demeanour in the paddock and on his way down to the start, and the race went pretty much exactly to plan. Picture Editor took the field along in the early stages (as expected) and he perhaps wasn't going quite quick enough however as Frankel pulled his way into a close up second before they had gone two furlongs. However whilst he was keen to get on with the job he wasn't reefing or fighting his jockey and there was a degree of confidence that once he moved to the front he would not be beaten. Excelebration tried to live with him but once Tom Queally asked his horse to quicken he really put daylight between himself and Marco Botti's runner. Running straight and true (with the rail to help) this racing bullet of a horse scorched away and it was no surprise to see bookmakers shorten him for the 2000 Guineas. Considering Henry Cecil was keen to stress that this was a trial and he would not be fully wound up, it was a great performance and if he turns up in the same form in two weeks time then he'll storm home. No further clues were gleaned as to whether he will stay the Derby trip but he would certainly handle the occasion on this evidence. Runner-up Excelebration ran a career-best. He's always been well-thought-of (as his starting prices last year will attest to), but he stepped up massively on his final win. Never too far off the pace, he was still travelling with a degree of purpose two furlongs out. From there he paid the price for trying to match strides with a bullet but connections will be delighted with his effort. He was well clear of the rest and he seemed to stay the longer trip just fine; he has no big-race entries at the moment but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him head for the Italian Guineas given his connections. Third home was Shropshire who seemed to find the pace a bit hot before halfway, but to his credit he ran on fairly well in behind and was a clear third. Vanguard Dream was too keen early on and his effort was a very short-lived one; he doesn't look up to this class anyway. The disappointment of the race was Strong Suit who looked too full of himself on this first start of the year. Unruly in the paddock, he was then too keen in the early stages of the race having not been the quickest into stride. He tried to muster an effort at the three furlong pole but could not even bridge the gap and move into midfield. He wasn't given a hard time once beaten but he has a lot to prove now. A bigger field and a return to six furlongs may be in the offing, although this should have taken some of the fizz out of him. Picture Editor did his job as pacemaker and will be worth consideration when stepped up in trip in a more realistic grade.