Tote Win: £2.00 Tote Place: £1.10,1.90
Straight Forecast: £5.09 Exacta: £4.10 Swingers: 1&2:1.40 2&3:4.10 1&3:3.20
Jackpot: £33,181.57 carried forward to Newbury, 31st Jul
Placepot: £3,221.40, Pool: £295183.25, 66.89 winning tickets
Quadpot: £68.10, Pool: £18334.93, 199.05 winning tickets
MIDDAY is a special mare, and the five-year-old proved it here with a comprehensive defeat of the multiple Group 1 winner Snow Fairy. Whilst it may be putting an early dampener on things, one would have to trust the initial impression that this wasn't the toughest top level race, as the runner-up looks to have underperformed slightly, certainly if we judge by the (relatively) close-up third Principal Role. Having said that this was Midday's sixth top level win, and she did it quite easily. Sitting in third for a long way, jockey Tom Queally was in no rush to move her too close to the pace, presumably mindful that she had pulled herself up when hitting the front in the Coronation Cup at Epsom (as she also had in this race previously). He did move her up on the outside with two furlongs to run however and it was clear that both she and Snow Fairy were travelling best of all. When initially asked to quicken she showed a tendency to hang to her right (as she had done in this race before) but when corrected with the whip she straightened up and was eventually well on top at the line. She will presumably now follow the same path as last year, heading for the Yorkshire Oaks, then the Prix Vermeille as she did last year before a trip to the Breeders' Cup, although the Arc is another feasible option. Snow Fairy tracked the winner through and showed more zest than in the Coral-Eclipse, but she was pretty easily brushed aside and doesn't look to be hitting her bootstraps just yet. A return to 1m4f must be in the offing before long, the trip which saw her to best effect last season, and she is certainly not one to give up on just yet. She has now bumped into Midday twice and been beaten twice, so over this trip there seems no question over superiority. Third home was Principal Role who ran very well, albeit without threatening the first two. She came from the rear having looked to have been slightly outpaced and was for from disgraced, doing her best work late in the day. That comment cannot be said for Crystal Capella. She tied up late on, having made a move on the inside with two to run, but was quickly dealt with by her younger rivals. Although she has won at Goodwood before she didn't seem totally at ease with the camber, and the home turn seemed to find her out slightly. As well as all that she was probably just taken out of her comfort zone when the sprint started, as this was certainly not run at a fast pace, and she will be of more interest when granted a longer trip and softer ground. Barefoot Lady made the running and was fairly quickly swamped turning in. She tried to battle but was outclassed, as was Field Day who hasn't really lived up to expectations.