Tote Win: £3.00 Tote Place: £1.70,1.50
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Jackpot: £50,507.95 carried forward to Newmarket, 8th Jul
Placepot: £282.80, Pool: £128937.76, 332.75 winning tickets
Quadpot: £99.50, Pool: £7266.29, 54.0 winning tickets
Investec Derby eighth MASKED MARVEL scored by a narrower margin than looked likely but was ultimately good value for his win. Jimmy Fortune took up the running from Hurricane Higgins as the field entered the straight with about a mile to run and then injected some pace to the race from around the three furlong pole. As they passed the furlong marker the Montjeu colt had between two and three lengths in hand of his rivals only for Census to eventually pick up and flash home; Fortune reported that his mount was looking around him and idled in front. This was a third career win and first at this level for John Gosden's St Leger hope who had beaten Royal Ascot winner Namibian in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood prior to his run at Epsom. He stays well, is versatile tactically and appears to be a straightforward and progressive performer who will deserve his place in the final Classic of the season with connections reporting that he will head there without another run. Census has carried a big reputation this season and it looked significant that connections were prepared to eschew the handicap option from a mark that remained workable after his second to Brown Panther at Royal Ascot where he didn't enjoy the run of the race in favour of a first tilt at Pattern company. He looked ill at ease on the track (connections reported that he ran green) as the pace quickened, hanging both ways and failing to pick up, but Ryan Moore eventually managed to get him on an even keel in the final half a furlong and he ran on strongly on the rising ground on this step up in trip. This was a career best performance from Richard Hannon's colt who had previously shown that he possesses a good turn of foot and he, too, could be bound for Doncaster where a return to racing on a flatter track could well be in his favour. Zain Al Boldan had failed to build on an impressive win in the Lingfield Oaks Trial in the Oaks and Ribblesdale but she stayed on past beaten horses without ever threatening the principals. This was more encouraging and she can pick up a race at this level back against her own sex. Hurricane Higgins had disappointed since running well in the Lingfield Derby Trial but ran a little better here; he's still lightly raced but it remains to be seen if he can recapture his progressive early season form. Solar Sky was the disappointment of the race having only just been edged out in the Queen's Vase on his previous start; this was a significant drop back in trip but it was disappointing that he failed to go with the field when the pace quickened and it could be that a hard race at Royal Ascot had left its mark. The half-brother to the St Leger winner Sixties Icon would need to be supplemented for the Doncaster Classic and that looked a realistic enough objective given his progress on his first three starts but connections may now decide that he needs a break and more time before being stepped up to that level.