Tote Win: £9.20 Tote Place: £3.20,3.80,14.80
Straight Forecast: £56.73 Exacta: £85.90 Trifecta: £2,053.90 Swingers: 1&2:14.40 2&3:44.60 1&3:63.30
Jackpot: £106,017.76 carried forward to Southwell, 10th Jul
Placepot: £5,251.00, Pool: £174795.94, 24.3 winning tickets
Quadpot: £35.90, Pool: £10324.27, 212.45 winning tickets
A fascinating renewal of the July Cup and DREAM AHEAD confirmed that he had trained on to make a very smart three-year-old. David Simcock's colt had shared joint top-rating as a juvenile with Frankel last season and while a period of absence and a well beaten fifth at Royal Ascot may have led individuals to question that assessment, this was a thorough riposte to those suggestions. As is typical for a July Cup, there was no shortage of pace on view with Amico Fritz, Libranno and Oracle all attempting to secure early position as they made their way through the opening exchanges. Perhaps given confidence by a low drawn winner of the Bunbury Cup, Hayley Turner elected to keep to the stands' rail in behind the leaders and enjoyed a relatively untroubled passage. Switching around runners with a furlong to travel, Dream Ahead answered all the rider's urgings and soon had the prize in safe keeping. Bated Breath has had his problems in the past and he lost no caste in defeat off what was probably a career best. If Roger Charlton can keep him sound, he won't always be so unlucky as to run into such a high-class performer. Hitchens won a Group 3 earlier in the year and though he represents relatively unfashionable connections - the fact that David Barron was prepared to chance his arm spoke volumes. Handicaps have long since been out of the equation for him and he was fully deserving of his placing from a typically gritty performance. Libranno is probably at his best when unhustled for the lead and in truth, this was never going to happen here. Delegator drifted alarmingly on course having held the mantle of market leader during the whole of the ante-post market. Frankie Dettori was keen not to allow him to sit as far off the pace as he did at York but he never travelled as well as he did at the Knavesmire and he was ultimately a well held fifth. Chipchase winner, Genki, made significant progress from off the pace to run on into a never-nearer sixth. Elzaam weakened out of it having chased the leaders whilst Star Witness held every chance. Dalghar pulled hard and looked a tricky ride under Jimmy Fortune whilst Winker Watson surrendered any chance by propping as the stalls opened.