Tote Win: £2.80 Tote Place: £1.70,1.80
Straight Forecast: £6.84 Exacta: £6.20 Swingers: 1&2:1.70 2&3:3.60 1&3:3.50
Jackpot: £16,522.10 carried forward to Ascot, 7th May
Placepot: £64.10, Pool: £129943.66, 1478.41 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £6504.62, 256.15 winning tickets
This wasn't run at the strongest of gallops so the form may not be entirely reliable, however this was still a step up from GLEN'S DIAMOND, and he looks the sort of horse who will handle a further step up in grade next time. Richard Fahey's charge was a Musselburgh winner less than a fortnight ago, where he was said to not handle the track, and there were times when he didn't seem entirely comfortable here, however the further the race went on the more he got into a better rhythm. Pushed closer to the leaders with three furlongs to run, he then had to work quite hard to get to the front two of Maqaraat and Laajooj, challenging wide off the final turn. However he has a big stride and he soon took a length out of his rivals and he was only going further away at the line. Viewed as a potential Cup horse of the future, he's unlikely to be rushed; however a race like the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot would be an obvious stepping stone. Maqaarat was just second, holding on from the late surge of Tinkertown. The former made the running here, which is something that he hasn't done before, and he paid the price for racing too keenly. He's got plenty of ability and will be more of a force when getting a lead on a more conventional track; he was hanging for a lot of the race, and in drifting to his left on the home straight he badly hampered The Paddyman. Tinkertown didn't seem able to go the early gallop and was one of the first off the bridle but he responded really nicely and looked like being a major player turning in, with only two lengths to find. However he found his route blocked and Jamie Spencer was forced to switch him for a challenge, which won't have helped, but he was beaten fair and square. The longer trip seemed to suit. Fourth home was Laajooj who didn't look an obvious candidate for the Roodee but ran very well. He was keen, didn't handle the track, yet was only beaten three lengths and battled all the way to the line. He'll get further sooner rather than later and is another who would appreciate a bigger field and truer pace. The Paddyman was well-held in the end, although he was short of room as the dash for home started with a furlong to run. He had been outpaced prior to that incident but was just getting back into the race and was far from finished with at that point. Tlaad found the occasion too much and was off the bridle after two furlongs. Ultimately he wasn't beaten miles and deserves plenty of credit making his debut at this level.