Tote Win: £36.80 Tote Place: £8.30,5.90,2.10
Straight Forecast: £537.85 Exacta: £720.20 Trifecta: £16,472.00 Swingers: 1&2:128.20 2&3:30.90 1&3:25.30
Jackpot: £159,879.36 carried forward to Pontefract, 19th Jun
Placepot: £262.70, Pool: £508016.53, 1411.5 winning tickets
Quadpot: £103.70, Pool: £19331.47, 137.88 winning tickets
SOCIETY ROCK was second in the race last year, and went one place better 12 months on with a telling turn of foot in the final 100 yards. Settled in midfield in the far side group, he started to make up some ground on the heels of Genki with two furlongs to run and then followed that runner through. He still had a length to find on Star Witness in the final furlong but he muscled his way between Genki and a weakening Hooray and poked his nose in front with 50 yards to run. Apparently not right after his run in this race last year, it will be interesting to see how he takes this win and where he heads to later in the year, with the July Cup an obvious next target. Runner-up Monsieur Chevalier ran a blinder, days after finishing well-held in the King's Stand. He burst through from off the gallop, just ahead of Elzaam, and chased the winner all the way to the line; his ability seems to be perfectly intact. Star Witness came next, just tying up in the dying strides having raced prominently and kicked for home some way out. The ground was against him but he's shown that he will be a big player at Newmarket if getting quicker going. Elzaam, like the first two home, came from some way back and he was another who didn't seem to revel in the soft going. However he picked up well late on and was doing his best work in the final 200 yards. Bated Breath ran very well, and he's now fulfilling his trainer's high opinion of him, whilst Amico Fritz won his race comfortably on the stand side group. Interesting this was the first race where the runners made a beeline for the far side, in search of better ground, and it seemed to work. Royal Rock didn't get the best of runs on the far side rail but ran far better than he was really entitled to, whilst Jimmy Styles is just shy of this level but put up a solid effort further back. The main disappointment was Bewitched, who never seemed happy. She came under pressure a long way out having not moved with much fluency and she may prefer a quicker surface or a longer break between her races. The Cheveley Park pair of Kingsgate Native and Hooray were both well-beaten having showed plenty of pace. Hitchens and Definightly were on the wrong side, but the former especially ran very well on ground far too soft for him.