Tote Win: £20.50 Tote Place: £6.50,8.90,4.20
Straight Forecast: £452.34 Exacta: £439.50 Trifecta: £6,903.40 Swingers: 1&2:55.90 2&3:48.70 1&3:32.00
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
MARGOT DID hadn't fared too well at Sandown on her previous start (poorly drawn) but she bounced back in fine style here. Smartly into stride from her draw in 11, Hayler Turner kept her in the stands-side group after allowing the filly to find her stride. She travelled extraordinarily well throughout, was one of the last off the bridle, never deviating from her line about four horse-widths off the rail. She had to work hard to fend off the determined challenge of Hamish McGonagall but always looked to be in command and she was well on top at the line. She's a quick filly who travels kindly, so the most obvious next port of call would be the Abbaye on Arc day. However it must be said that the state of British sprinting is not exactly at an all-time high, and the Listed winner landing this historic Group 1 prize perhaps captures the current zeitgeist of the UK sprinting scene. It would be no surprise to see this bunch struggle against some up-and-coming young European sprinters at Longchamp. Runner-up Hamish McGonagall ran a career-best, and his form on the Knavesmire is rock solid. He was on the same side as the winner and looked a real threat with a furlong to run, but found the filly too strong. It's hard to see when he will better this effort, although the six-year-old may well fancy his chances in this next year, along with the Duke Of York Stakes earlier in the season. Prohibit ran very well in third, especially as he covered much more ground than his rivals. His jockey was forced to race on the far side by Masamah taking him across, although that may have been the plan anyway. He actually travelled closer to the leaders (often gets outpaced) than he normally does, and looked a major player with two furlongs to run. However he started to drift to his right late on, eventually finishing in the centre of the course, which, although not helping his chance, wasn't the difference between victory and defeat. Fourth home was Kingsgate Native, remarkably running in his fifth Nunthorpe. Having won it as a two-year-old he knows his way home here and he ran his best race of the season, bouncing back to form from a poor Goodwood effort where he was poorly drawn. He got going a bit too late in the day and won't be a back number in something like the Sprint Cup if connections go down that route again. Wizz Kid was fifth, and ran very nicely having sweated up before the race. She was momentarily caught behind horses when trying to make a challenge and certainly wasn't helped by being in the far side group. The story of the race prior to the off was of the up-and-coming Hoof It, and he ran very well in sixth. He wasn't the quickest into stride, and his jockey decided to follow Inxile down the centre of the track. He was actually drawn high and made the conscious move to follow the far side, and ultimately the wrong group. Eventually he ended up staying on, almost down the stands-side after hanging, and just seemed to find the action happening slightly too quickly. He lost little caste in defeat and will still be a major force when the cards drop right, with Haydock an obvious next port of call for the Sprint Cup. Looking further ahead, a trip to Dubai or America might be more likely to suit than a race like the Abbaye. Next came Masamah and Captain Dunne, two speedy horses who might have paid the price for going off too quickly. Requinto disappointed, running a flat race and seeming to find it all happening too quickly, whilst Swiss Diva shaped quite nicely after her break but could have done with more rain.