Tote Win: £25.10 Tote Place: £5.60,1.10,10.10
Straight Forecast: £41.75 Exacta: £62.40 Trifecta: £3,422.50 Swingers: 1&2:11.20 2&3:17.90 1&3:74.30
Jackpot: £74,639.77 carried forward to Newmarket, 9th Jul
Placepot: £129.60, Pool: £144026.23, 810.78 winning tickets
Quadpot: £22.70, Pool: £7998.07, 260.0 winning tickets
TIMEPIECE has always been held in high regard by connections but has, on occasion, looked a little quirky and rarely capable of producing a performance of this level. She was certainly in the right place given the way that the race developed (unlike the runner-up) but has still gone a long way to justifying the faith in her. This was only the fifth time that she has raced over a mile in a 13 race career and she has now won four of them with the exception being her debut. She is versatile having gained a confidence boosting win in an 11f Listed race at Warwick (where she was again well positioned) where she looked a more professional performer and that impression was confirmed her. She's from the family of Passage Of Time and Father Time and her job may now be done having gained that important Group One success. However connections have plenty of options available to them throughout the rest of the season and her owner's racing manager mentioned some lofty targets including the Breeders Cup in the immediate aftermath and her running style ensures that she will always give herself the best chance of success. That is in contrast to the heavily backed Sahpresa who was held-up a long way off a slow pace in a share of last. She wasn't asked to make her move until there was about a furlong and a half to run and made up the ground readily. She appeared to falter for a moment before finding her stride again well inside the final furlong but struggled to make any significant inroads into the winner's advantage and was simply given too much to do. She had been ridden more prominently when winning the first of her Sun Chariots and it will be interesting to see if that is the case if she returns for another crack at the race. First City had surprised her trainer when finishing in front of stablemate I'm A Dreamer at Royal Ascot but did so again to post a career best. She has now been placed on her last four starts in Group company (this was her first run at this level) but has only won twice in her career and clearly isn't easy to win with her challenge needing to be delated. I'm A Dreamer was held-up in rear with the favourite and made some late progress from off the pace. She ran around a little when asked to quicken but was always going to struggle to get involved in a slowly run race and she may well prefer a faster surface. Joviality battled on well to win the Musidora at York before being found wanting in the Coronation and that was again the case here as she had every chance having raced prominently. River Jetez has enjoyed international success since joining Mike de Kock but lacked the pace to get involved from off the pace on this drop back to a mile. Lily Of The Valley ran a more encouraging race than on her reappearance and looks in need of further now. It would be interesting to see this 10f Group One winner line-up in the Nassau Stakes for which she was given an entry this week. Antara failed to build on her winning return at Epsom but may prefer quicker ground which is also true of Maqaasid who hasn't enjoyed a great deal of luck this season. Memory was again reluctant to race and this smart two year old has plenty to prove.