Tote Win: £5.50 Tote Place: £1.70,3.40,1.10
Straight Forecast: £88.64 Exacta: £57.10 Trifecta: £197.50 Swingers: 1&2:8.60 2&3:3.10 1&3:2.80
Jackpot: £20,072.29 carried forward to York, 18th Aug
Placepot: £426.40, Pool: £263574.12, 451.22 winning tickets
Quadpot: £46.00, Pool: £12228.33, 196.53 winning tickets
The stand-out performance of the day and a ruthless victory which saw SEA MOON (rightly) jump to St Leger favouritism. It's easy to get carried away with performances, but this was so visually impressive that if he makes it to Doncaster in the same form then he will take plenty of beating, although quotes of even money at this stage make no appeal. Richard Hughes, back riding for Prince Khalid Abdullah in the absence of Ryan Moore, held him up off the pace for most of the way but then made up his ground effortlessly as they turned in. Coming to the near side as the wheat was sorted from the chaff, he seemed to roll into favourite Seville when starting to make his challenge. That didn't put him off however as he was quickly back on the bridle and then mastered Seville quickly, cutting him up slightly, before powering away for an ever increasing winning distance. This race has been a very good trial for the St Leger (most recently Lucarno in 2007) and indeed Sea Moon's close relation Brian Boru was second here before going on to Doncaster glory. He's obviously very progressive and is very highly-thought-of, however he is sure to face a sterner test next month as this field, despite some good form, doesn't appear to have run up to their best. That comment especially applies to hot favourite Seville. He was well-placed throughout, and came through travelling well to launch a challenge with three furlongs to run. However he was quickly brushed aside by the winner, and couldn't muster enough to see off Al Khazeem who finished second. The form of Aidan O'Brien's colt has been at the top level and this was probably the run of a horse who needs a good break. On a side note his stablemate and pacemaker Regent Street was ridden far too aggressively in a first-time visor and might as well have not bothered turning up. Plenty of credit must go to runner-up Al Khazeem who came from a similar position to the winner but lacked his class and turn of foot. This was his first try at the trip and in running so well up in grade he must go down as progressive, and we must be careful that his effort isn't insulted as Seville's is questioned. His jockey did seem to want to hold onto him for as long as possible so perhaps there were some doubts over this longer distance. The disappointment of the race was Namibian who was one of the first off the bridle. He battled away for a while but, after running up the back of Thimaar, dropped away. He needs a break on this evidence, although he did plug on past Hunter's Light who was eased late on. Both Hunter's Light and Genius Beast tried to creep into the race turning in and both got fairly close to the lead, but they were quickly heavily under pressure and they had no answers. Thimaar was eased from an early stage and this was blatantly not his true running.