Tote Win: £9.60 Tote Place: £3.10,1.10,1.70
Straight Forecast: £22.20 Exacta: £28.50 Trifecta: £109.70 Swingers: 1&2:3.10 2&3:2.80 1&3:5.10
Jackpot: £56,917.86 carried forward to York, 20th Aug
Placepot: £780.60, Pool: £303023.62, 283.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £117.90, Pool: £15265.64, 95.8 winning tickets
CASPAR NETSCHER isn't trained by a big yard, nor is he really a horse who has captured the imagination of the public. However there is little doubt that he is a very good juvenile, and this strong horse was able to win this race with the minimum of fuss. The only moment of angst for connections may have been when he drifted to his right with a furlong to go, hampering third home Burwaaz in the process, but bar that it was straight-forward. He was settled into a good rhythm in midfield by Robert Winston (from a low draw), was briefly outpaced at halfway as the leaders went fast, but then moved through to make his challenge on the far side., having tracked B Fifty Two through. Winston sent him into the lead with hands and heels, and he only had to use his whip to correct the son of Dutch Art when he started to drift. Once back on an even keel he quickened again and had the race firmly in the bag. This was due reward for solid runs in defeat, especially at Goodwood behind Harbour Watch (form working out well). He will probably head for something like the Champagne Stakes next, with connections believing a seventh furlong will be no problem, and although he may well find some horses too classy, he won't fail for lack of trying. Second home was Lilbourne Lad who was sent off favourite. He had a penalty and raced keenly enough before trying to reel back the smooth-travelling Burwaaz with over a furlong to run. He looked to have been well fended off, however he found a second wind late in the day, and although finding some trouble in running, kept on nicely once switched and managed to nick second. Life isn't easy with a penalty (although Approve managed to win this last year under one) and it will be interesting to see how he gets on from here. Third, and an eye-catcher once again, was Burwaaz. He was quickly away and moved very nicely in the lead. The last off the bridle, he eventually succumbed to challengers with 100 yards to go. To his credit he still finished his race fairly well, however there is certainly a chance that five furlongs suits him best, especially at this stage of his career. His jockey probably had this in mind, although it would have been interesting to see how the son of Exceed And Excel would have fared had he kicked for home earlier. Fourth was Justineo, staying on in taking fashion from off the pace. He was set a bit more to do than his rivals, but got the message late on. He was close enough if good enough, but just lacked the acceleration of the winner. He was stepping up in grade here and fared well. Reply ran a similar race to Lilbourne Lad, looking to get outpaced before running on again late in the day, and he may now have a bit more of a break before his next assignment. Similarly B Fifty Two held every chance with a furlong to run but got tired late on and has had a busy time of things of late. Diamondhead settled nicely for Martin Dwyer but his lack of experience seemed to show when asked to pick up the leaders. To his credit he kept on trying but never looked like picking them up, and was eventually well-held, whilst Sardanapalus missed the break and never threatened.