Tote Win: £3.90 Tote Place: £1.60,3.60,2.20
Straight Forecast: £28.27 Exacta: £36.40 Trifecta: £290.60 Swingers: 1&2:6.80 2&3:14.40 1&3:5.70
Jackpot: £90,544.51 carried forward to Ascot, 18th Jun
Placepot: £2,568.10, Pool: £534672.56, 151.98 winning tickets
Quadpot: £263.80, Pool: £36062.46, 101.16 winning tickets
A cast iron performance from NATHANIEL and one which predictably saw his odds for the St Leger tumble. Although sweaty and full of nervous energy before the race (something which his trainer John Gosden explained is a family trait, horse not trainer that is), he had enough in the tank to be able to see his race out with gusto despite racing freely in the early stages. He got a nice lead from Hurricane Higgins and the (very keen) World Domination and was in a nice position to strike turning for home. William Buick pushed him into the lead with half a mile to go and he was confident enough to commit his horse for home early. He went two lengths clear and soon had his rivals struggling. At the two furlong pole it looked as if the strong travelling Mijhaar may be a big danger but his effort petered out and his other rivals were too far back to launch any meaningful challenge. He looks a shoe-in to get the longer trip at Doncaster and assuming he gets soft ground then he will be extremely hard to beat; in hindsight he may have been very hard to beat at Epsom had he taken his chance there. Runner-up Fiorente was taken to the far side under the trees in the first two furlongs, taking Mijhaar with him, and that didn't seem advantageous for either's chance. It especially lit up Mijhaar who raced very keenly after this move, and it is doubtful that either horse gained anything before they rejoined the main group before the bend. In the end Fiorente had to come from a long way back, having been held up in traffic before the home turn, and he ran very well. He looks a strong stayer though and the race panned out against him slightly as the winner was away and gone; he may fare even better if ridden closer to the pace. Third home was Alexander Pope who was another to come from off the pace; he saw the longer trip out very well although he was able to start his run earlier than Fiorente. Fourth home was Mijhaar who got tired after his early keenness - he has lots of ability, and travelled ever so strongly, but just ran out steam. Fulghur was keen early on as well but soon settled into a nice rhythm in a midfield berth. Unfortunately for his supporters he was squeezed out just before the bend as Kieren Fallon tried to wind him up and as a result he lost momentum. After trying to rally he was left behind by the front three or four, but still ran well in fifth and this was a step up on his previous form. Glen's Diamond was disappointing, one of the first to come off the bridle, whilst World Domination dropped away tamely after racing with too much enthusiasm in front; he now has something to prove.