Tote Win: £8.40 Tote Place: £2.00,1.10,1.90
Straight Forecast: £14.04 Exacta: £18.00 Trifecta: £111.70 Swingers: 1&2:2.70 2&3:3.10 1&3:3.80
Jackpot: £14,620.12 carried forward to Goodwood, 27th Jul
Placepot: £52.00, Pool: £265548.28, 3727.47 winning tickets
Quadpot: £20.50, Pool: £12297.85, 443.28 winning tickets
NAMIBIAN landed the Gordon Stakes in a gritty finish. The race was staged initially at a sedate gallop which probably did not help too many of these if the formbook were to be believed.
Well Sharp was given the pacemaking duties along with Hurricane Higgins and although allowed the run of the race, there was always an element of the sitting duck about their predicament.
The winner was always tracking the leaders and while requiring plenty of encouragement from De Sousa as far as half-a-mile out, both he and the second placed Fiorente started to make their run with three to travel - neither prepared to buckle though the Johnston runner (who has raced up to two miles in the past) was able to get the better of his rival.
Johnston suggested that the rain that they had at Goodwood in the morning would have helped his charge and that a crack at the St Leger is now likely for the son of Cape Cross subject to the approval of the owner.
Connections of the second should not be too displeased however as he did not shirk the issue and this effort came in spite of him running a little freely in the early stages.
Hunter's Light was also a little free from the gate but he seemed to get the trip. Yaseer had to make his run from some way off the pace and though his visor suggests he may have some quirks - the way in which he kept on suggests that he will be worthy of interest if stepped up to further.
Slumber looked a likely winner as they came off the home turn. He appeared to be travelling the best though his effort petered out very quickly under the circumstances.