Tote Win: £2.40 Tote Place: £1.20,4.70,4.60
Straight Forecast: £22.97 Exacta: £32.60 Trifecta: £387.70 Swingers: 1&2:6.50 2&3:56.90 1&3:9.00
Jackpot: £44,806.36 carried forward to Ascot, 17th Jun, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £209.20, Pool: £542101.94, 1891.18 winning tickets
Quadpot: £41.50, Pool: £29257.48, 521.61 winning tickets
The amount of money piled onto FAME AND GLORY in the build up to this race suggested that someone knew he would stay the longer trip and that opinion was fully vindicated with a commanding performance. There was a slow early gallop but that soon sped up, partly because of Geordieland proving too keen before halfway, and this played into the hands of Jamie Spencer as it meant that he could bide his time. The leaders came back to the pack before the turn for home and it was at this point that Spencer angled his mount out into daylight for the first time and went in pursuit of Duncan. Once he reeled in (a wobbling, tiring) Duncan, he used the rail to help him maintain a straight course and soon went three lengths clear. It looked at one stage like Opinion Poll would chase him down late on but he found plenty for pressure in the final 100 yards and his victory was emphatic, commanding and, although it might be a trite comparison, reminiscent of Yeats. Runner-up Opinion Poll would have been suited by the rain in the build up to the race and he plugged on from the rear, really only hitting top gear once the winner had kicked away. This was another consistent performance from the horse and he evidently likes Ascot. Third home, in something of a bunch finish, was Brigantin. He was another who only found his stride once the winner had gone and this strong-stayer may have benefitted from a stronger early pace. Manighar came next, with a one-paced finish having pulled quite hard early on, whilst Duncan was another whose finishing effort was relatively tame. He was far too fresh throughout the first mile and although he strode into a clear lead before the turn for home, he never looked like getting away from his rivals. Once reeled in he had no answer, and was allowed to come home under his own steam late on. Interestingly his previous best performance had come when kept away from horses in the early part of the race and connections may wish to try that tactic again. Askar Tau travelled well but, after being squeezed out, could find no more in the final two furlongs, whilst Tastahil faded tamely after making some of the running. Geordieland was held up early on but pulled his way to the front before being pulled up before the race started in earnest. Aaim To Prosper ran well but is just lacking at this level, whilst Kasbah Bliss stayed on late in the day but time may just be catching up with the nine-year-old, especially at this top level.