Tote Win: £4.10 Tote Place: £1.80,1.30
Straight Forecast: £9.18 Exacta: £6.30
Jackpot: £5,558.55 carried forward to Chester, 6th May, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £9.40, Pool: £122995.53, 9468.24 winning tickets
Quadpot: £6.40, Pool: £4863.88, 558.3 winning tickets
Not the strongest of paces set here by Sadler's Risk, meaning that a more compressed finish was always likely. However TREASURE BEACH was a deserving winner, and looks the sort of horse to make significant progress as a three-year-old. He was ridden aggressively from the gates to get a good position, however he then had to be reined back by Ryan Moore in order to avoid clipping heels with Sadler's Risk who was dawdling along in front. However he settled quite nicely for Moore after a few furlongs as he sat in third place, just a couple of lengths off the pace. He was niggled along three furlongs out to keep tabs on the leader, but made his ground up well and was poised to strike turning in. It was at that point that Moore had to sit tight and wait for a gap, however it came at the right time and his horse quickened nicely to hit the front. However that wasn't the end of the race as runner-up Nathanial battled all the way, but ultimately the winner's superior turn of foot saw him close the victory out. He doesn't look a superstar but connections will be delighted and he may well head to Royal Ascot next. The Derby has been mooted but Moore was under the impression that he'd have to improve by quite a lot to play a hand there. Nathaniel was sent off favourite but he lacked the gears to win the race given the slow tempo. He was quite keen early on, and perhaps his jockey may (in hindsight) wish that he had kicked on. It should also be said that constantly being on the turn didn't seem to aid his cause and he looked at his happiest when they straightened up for home. However the bird had just flown by then, but it's to the horse's credit that he battled on as well as he did. He has a touch of class about him but is unlikely to get ideal ground conditions at Epsom and connections may decide to send him abroad instead for softer going. Third home was Slumber who didn't appear to relish the track either. He was within two lengths turning in but then started to hang behind the leaders, totally ruining his chance. Although he won at Epsom last time, one would have to assume that connections will stick to their original plan of heading to Royal Ascot; he's still a horse of some potential. Fourth home was Sadler's Risk who looked as if he may have stolen the race at the three furlong pole as all of his rivals were being niggled, however he lacked a turn of foot when the sprint began. He has made big strides this season but has climbed a fair way and may just need his sights lowered slightly. Madawi was under pressure a fair way out and never looked like featuring; he was beaten before the trip became an issue.