Tote Win: £4.80 Tote Place: £1.90,2.50,8.40,2.70
Straight Forecast: £41.69 Exacta: £45.40 Trifecta: £2,483.50 Swingers: 1&2:13.10 2&3:126.60 1&3:86.80
Jackpot: £5,632.10, Pool: £133981.89, 16.89 winning tickets
Placepot: £69.60, Pool: £148257.5, 1554.71 winning tickets
Quadpot: £34.70, Pool: £6847.32, 145.8 winning tickets
OVERTURN had made giant strides over hurdles in the past twelve months, and he showed that he is a well-handicapped horse on the flat with an authoritative win here. As in the Northumberland Plate, he was given a textbook ride by Eddie Ahern, taking full advantage of his draw next to the rails. He was relatively un-pestered early on, before upping the tempo with a lap to go, ensuring that he stole valuable ground on the chasing pack. Ahern really got after him with half a mile to run, which to some may have looked like signs of distress, however the horse responded with a real kick and soon burst away from Tastahil, and in turn his rivals. A resolute galloper, he was never going to surrender his (hard-fought) lead in the final furlong. The handicapper will respond after this, but he wouldn't be one to write off if turning up in the Northumberland plate again, or races like the Ebor (where he was below-par last season), the Ascot Stakes or Galway where he has won before. Tastahil was second in the race for the second successive year, and once again ran a cracker. He was 3lbs higher than last season but most importantly had a better draw (in theory). However he fluffed the start and had to be ridden vigorously by Richard Hills to chase the leader. Ultimately he got a nice run through to find his position, but the effort that early in the race was far from ideal. He was the only one to keep with the winner with a lap to go and he battled all the way to the line. He'll head to Royal Ascot now, and looks sure to benefit for the run. Third home was Mystery Star who made up some nice headway from off the pace with half a mile to run. He had a wide draw so had to be dropped in by Neil Callan, and had he been berthed better then he may have gone very close; it's significant that he has run well here on his two visits, although the way he wandered late on may suggest this trip is at the upper limits of his stamina range. Fourth home, in a bunch finish, was Mount Athos who deserves plenty of credit. Drawn widest of all, he was dropped in at the tail end of the field and had to be given a very patient ride. He had to make his challenge around horses, meaning he covered more ground and ended up down the centre of the track, but he picked up well when asked and has evidently not regressed since changing stables. Compensation may await at Royal Ascot if he ends up there. Admiral Barry was quite keen early on but was settled into a nice position on the rails. He held every chance but just seemed to be found out when the pace quickened; he'll be sharper for the run. Blue Bajan ran on well late on, and he actually had to come from behind Mount Athos. He picked up well (having failed to get much luck in running) and this dual-purpose horse will have his day in the sun soon after his injury problems. Icon Dream, in the same colours as the fourth home, made up ground from off the pace and finished well. However he has run with promise before without building on it. Darley Sun came next, and he ran well on his first start of the year. He didn't perform with much credit last season but showed more zest here, racing prominently from an early stage despite a mediocre draw. However after a while he seemed to pull for his head and as a result he failed to see out his race. Plymouth Rock made some late, unthreatening headway having been held up nearly last, whilst Swingkeel's chance was hampered by having to race wide throughout. Red Cadeaux had a much better early passage than last year, despite missing the break slightly, but he was well-beaten with little excuse. Dirar didn't seem to relish the Roodee, whilst Mamlook was too keen and paid the price.