Tote Win: £6.30 Tote Place: £2.30,2.10,1.90
Straight Forecast: £18.03 Exacta: £21.60 Trifecta: £107.30 Swingers: 1&2:4.10 2&3:6.00 1&3:6.20
Placepot: £547.80, Pool: £141090.0, 188.0 winning tickets
Quadpot: £42.90, Pool: £7038.32, 121.35 winning tickets
A quick time recorded compared to others on the day, although the quicker ground on the round course arguably contributed plenty to that. Having said that, this was an impressive performance from CENSUS, who was given an aggressive ride by jockey Richard Hughes. The pair missed the break, but Hughes rushed him up the inside to go second behind Claremont and although he was a little keen, he then settled into a nice rhythm. As Claremont and Buthelezi exchanged the pacesetting duties, Hughes played a waiting game before pushing his mount closer to the lead after the turn for home, all the while hugging the rail. Once taking the lead (having been angled out), he was one of the last off the bridle and when Hughes asked him to quicken he did so. Brown Panther gave chase, but never looked like picking him up and in the end he won cosily. He got the longer trip well and looks a major player for the St Leger at Doncaster; as a result he was pretty much halved in price by most bookmakers. Runner-up Brown Panther was off the bridle a lot earlier having been held up, but he showed a fine attitude considering this was a relatively quick reappearance after his slog in the mud in Germany. He held every chance when trying to make his challenge but he ultimately never got to the hindquarters of the winner and was comfortably held. This was a good effort, and it proved that he will get the 1m6f trip next month, but the winner beat him on merit. He could be ridden more handily on Town Moor though, which should ensure a good match. Third home, and in the end slightly disappointing, was Times Up. He did best of the older horses but having travelled so powerfully, his finishing effort was (comparatively) weak. He's having a good season, and a fairly busy one, so might just need a bit of a longer break. Mores Wells travelled very powerfully and with three furlongs to run looked destined to play a hand. However he was soon left behind, and the seven-year-old's effort when coming off the bridle was one of a wily old fox and not a hungry young buck. Eventually he was beaten to fourth by Buthelezi, with John Gosden's colt looking more straight-forward than he has in the past. He was ridden a bit more patiently today (can sometimes hare off in front) and he certainly has plenty of talent. Alwaary didn't fare too badly having been held up, whilst the owner's first string Yaseer was quite keen, lacked cover on the outside of the field, and was well-beaten in first-time blinkers. Meeznah was a huge disappointment, being one of the first to come under pressure. She probably prefers quicker ground but even so this was lacklustre. It may have just come too soon after Goodwood, but her effort will need some forgiving. Claremont dropped away after front-running, whilst All The Aces probably lacks the class of some of his younger rivals and never featured from off the pace; he's got something to prove now.