Tote Win: £1.60 Tote Place: £1.10,3.10,1.90
Straight Forecast: £10.87 Exacta: £12.30 Trifecta: £92.30 Swingers: 1&2:3.00 2&3:12.50 1&3:2.70
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
The buzz before the race was that AWAIT THE DAWN was a Group One horse in the making, and his odds suggested he would win easily. Whilst his victory was relatively comprehensive, one cannot say that he can be judged as a top horse yet because of the ground conditions and the opponents which he eventually despatched. Harris Tweed was allowed to set his own fractions in the race, and guided all bar Poet and Passion For Gold onto new ground for most of the race. Richard Hughes tried to quicken from the front on the turn for home but he was greeted by a sweeping move from Ryan Moore on the outside of the field. Having held the horse up, he committed him for home quite early, but that was understandable considering he hadn't travelled all that sweetly and was off the bridle around the same time as most of his (main) rivals. Once he hit the front he quickly put two lengths between himself and the rest of the field, however after that he didn't really go away from the field and in the end it was almost workmanlike rather than scintillating. He'll inevitably go up to the very top level next, with the Breeders' Cup Classic nominated as his big race target for later in the season. William Haggas' runner-up ran very well, bouncing back from his Chester run where he was too keen. He settled better here, probably because he wasn't pestered for the lead, and continued to battle on once headed. Third was Drunken Sailor, who just got the better of Laaheb in the race for the podium. He travelled very well, having been held up off the pace, and looked set to play a major hand turning in. However he was slightly squeezed up when trying to wind up for a run and in the end was quite well-held in third. Laaheb stalked the pace and ran a good race, but he is probably just short of this level, but he should be winning when able to boss his own small field. They were clear of Campanologist who was held up and still looked to have a good chance turning in but his finishing effort was more laboured. He fared best of the Godolphin trip however, as Calvados Blues, and in particular Passion For Gold, were both disappointing.