Tote Win: £7.50 Tote Place: £2.00,1.20,2.00
Straight Forecast: £12.00 Exacta: £17.40 Trifecta: £39.00 Swingers: 1&2:3.00 2&3:1.30 1&3:6.70
Jackpot: £31,109.58 carried forward to Goodwood, 28th Aug
Placepot: £114.60, Pool: £109455.02, 696.93 winning tickets
Quadpot: £81.50, Pool: £4210.93, 38.2 winning tickets
Just the second running of this valuable race with out-and-out juvenile Zebedee winning 12 months ago. Samitar was sent off at a similarly short price on her first start since winning the Group Three Albany Stakes but was just edged out by a more experienced rival. She tracked Balty Boys through the early exchanges on the far side before moving alongside to contest the lead inside the three pole. She drifted markedly to her right in the dip and again in the final furlong - causing interference to Balty Boys - but didn't stop going forward and only gave best close home. It has to be considered disappointing that she didn't win but this was by no means a bad performance and connections have a multitude of choices from Group One contests to more valuable sales races. MEHDI had won only one of his five starts and had run poorly in a conditions race at Windsor on his previous start but he had shown glimpses of useful form, including when second to subsequent Listed winner Coup De Ville at this course over a furlong further. He raced at the head of a smaller group of five before joining the bulk of the field in the centre of the track and battled on well. He has entries in several more sales races for the remainder of the season and could land another big pay-day for connections. Balty Boys has plenty of speed as he showed when impressively winning his maiden. He had subsequently finished down the field in the Acomb but fared better over this shorter trip although he was coming to the end of his tether when hampered. His Dewhurst and Middle Park entries look to be flying a little high on this evidence but he should win more races where his speed is at a premium, perhaps back on a sounder surface.
Chapter Seven is bred to make a juvenile and has progressed with each start - a maiden should be a formality but it remains to be seen what mark the handicapper will allot him for nurseries following this performance although he does hold further entries in similar races to this and could be a factor if continuing to progress. Orders From Rome is still a maiden after five starts but has contested two valuable sales races and some warm maidens - he's performed creditably on each outing and deserves to win a race. Lemon Rock has shown ability on two of her three starts and ran as well as could have been expected - she should be able to win a small maiden and may stay further.