Tote Win: £18.70 Tote Place: £3.70,1.70,4.10,1.40
Straight Forecast: £126.38 Exacta: £227.80 Trifecta: £5,420.50 Swingers: 1&2:31.40 2&3:108.90 1&3:35.90
Jackpot: £159,879.36 carried forward to Pontefract, 19th Jun
Placepot: £262.70, Pool: £508016.53, 1411.5 winning tickets
Quadpot: £103.70, Pool: £19331.47, 137.88 winning tickets
A battling success for FOX HUNT, who took top honours in the rather clichéd way of a typical Mark Johnston horse. They didn't go a strong gallop in the testing ground, meaning that those who raced prominently were at an advantage. Silvestre De Sousa had the winner just in behind the pace set by Halicarnassus and Jutland, travelling towards the outside of the group. He was under pressure more than four furlongs from home as several horses passed him, however he really knuckled down for his rider and once drawing level with a furlong to run, he never looked like suffering defeat. This was his day, and he will find life tougher next time under a rise in the weights, but he's a horse in form and the visor seems a big help. Second home was Blissful Moment who ran well, battling all the way to the line and seemingly handling the ground well. He's adaptable, and like the winner in good form, so it might be a good idea for connections to try and strike whilst the iron is hot. Averroes deserves lots of credit, as he came from off the pace. He seemed a little bit tapped for toe when the pace quickened but battled back nicely. He is consistent, if not a winning machine, and he'll win a race on soft ground granted a truer pace. Fourth, and a big eyecatcher was Rock A Doodle Doo. He was stopped in his run several times and had to come from miles back. He finished full of running and it would be no surprise to see him produce a similar turn of foot later in the year, perhaps at Goodwood if taken wide for a challenge. Halicarnassus was fifth, and this nice old boy ran his heart out, but his proximity means that the race can hardly be seen as progressive form. Ile De Re and Prompter both ran encouraging races further back, whilst it would be no surprise to see Awsaal run well on better ground next time as he just got tired late on. Modun disappointed, having no response for Ryan Moore when asked to chase the leaders turning in, but is not one to rule out just yet; quicker ground is needed there. Life And Soul took a false step early on, was lit up after, and looked after by Johnny Murtagh when his run was blocked, whilst Coin Of The Realm only found his stride late on and he looks to need a stronger gallop.