Tote Win: £5.30 Tote Place: £2.40,1.70,2.50
Straight Forecast: £22.41 Exacta: £26.10 Trifecta: £148.30 Swingers: 1&2:5.10 2&3:8.60 1&3:6.30
Jackpot: £8,787.16 carried forward to York, 12th May
Placepot: £2,923.40, Pool: £182016.7, 45.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £190.00, Pool: £11121.65, 43.3 winning tickets
Quite a messy race but a rather taking performance from GATEPOST who should be Royal Ascot bound after this win, with a race like the Norfolk Stakes, or indeed a step up to six furlongs for the Coventry Stakes, looking ideal. Settled off the pace by Jamie Spencer (but not too far back to get competitive) he made headway before the two furlong pole and was then in a great position to launch a challenge for the lead around the outside. Once hitting the front, he soon quickened nicely away to put the race to bed. He was well-backed on his debut at Folkestone, nicely supported here, and it would appear that (the in-form) Mick Channon knows what he is dealing with here. He seems adaptable with regards to the ground, and jockey Jamie Spencer believes the step up to six furlongs will see an even better performance. Second home was Hamza who helped set some really rapid early fractions. To his immense credit he fared best of those who raced prominently and even had enough about him to try and launch a renewed challenge when he was headed. He's a quick bull of a horse and looks the type to pick up a nice race this season. Third home was Ponty Acclaim and she ran well; she was getting plenty of weight as a filly but helps give the form a solid look. Monnoyer came next, and the well-backed favourite was badly outpaced before staying on quite takingly. He's been the subject of good reports at home and will be more of a force up to six furlongs next time. Next home was Alejandro, but that doesn't tell the full story. He travelled really well just off the pace, and looked poise to make a bid for the lead with two furlongs to run. However jockey Paul Hanagan continually found his path blocked (they had raced against the stands side rail) and he got no luck at all. Had he made his challenge down the outer like the winner he may well have gone close, and he is one to get the losses back on next time. Cravat showed pace but was short of room in the early stages and traced too keenly as a result; he'll be of more interest with his sights lowered next time where he can set his own pace. Newcomer Rio Grande came next and this was a tough place to make your debut; he'll know more next time, having found things happening too quickly throughout. The time wasn't electric per se, but at 59.23 seconds, it was certainly rapid enough for two-year-old's at this stage of the season.