Tote Win: £5.50 Tote Place: £1.50,1.20,6.60
Straight Forecast: £16.75 Exacta: £19.70 Trifecta: £495.00 Swingers: 1&2:3.90 2&3:75.80 1&3:26.90
Placepot: £43.20, Pool: £148686.2, 2506.96 winning tickets
Quadpot: £16.30, Pool: £6015.58, 272.5 winning tickets
Jackpot: £7,083.57 carried forward to Nottingham, 29th May
THE CHEKA is the apple of his trainer's eye and provided her with her first Group winner and his first win since his first start as a juvenile. Like a number of the field, he would have preferred a little more ease in the ground but he travelled well on the pace and kept finding for pressure to repel the admirable Regal Parade. Connections are now eyeing an audacious tilt at the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and it's certainly worth a tilt as their five year old owes them nothing; it's conceivable that this win will boost his confidence and that he could be open to a little more improvement given that this was just his thirteenth career start and only his third since being gelded; that said, there's little in his profile to suggest that he's up to competing at that level. Regal Parade won that Group One last August but escaped a penalty for this contest as the race came just before the cut off; that wasn't the strongest race for the level but no one could begrudge this honest performer that success. He had to be switched to get a run and may have finished a little closer but for that but again ran his race at a track where he has a good record on ground that was on the fast side; he can continue to be a force in Group Twos and Threes when getting his ground. Doncaster Rover was second to Main Aim 12 months ago and ran his best race of the season on only his fourth attempt at this trip; he's won a Listed race in each of the last two seasons and a return to that level will again represent his best chance of success but he rarely lets his connections down. He did contribute to some of the scrimmaging in behind the principals as he had tightened one or two up as he edged to his left in the closing stages. One of the worst affected was Inler whose connections were adopting different tactics on their once highly regarded gelding. He was travelling as well as anything but lost valuable momentum when switched to the centre of the track and took a while to pick up again before finding his stride and running on well; this was more encouraging. Beacon Lodge was another who would have appreciated more cut and usually races more prominently; he wasn't the fastest to break from his high draw and Adam Kirby decided to drop him in at the rear of the field. He was hard at work with three furlongs to run, received a couple of bumps in the ruck and looked to be feeling the ground once out in the open; he can be given another chance as little went his way. Kakatosi has chased him home over course and distance in May before finishing second at York but weakened out tamely as did Shakespearean although it can't be said that they went too quickly given that the winner was always prominent too. High Standing was tried in headgear for the first time; he received a bump in the domino effect started by Doncaster Rover and wasn't given too hard a time once his chance had gone but he didn't exactly pick up when in the clear and has become a little frustrating.