Tote Win: £29.20 Tote Place: £5.50,1.10,2.30
Straight Forecast: £57.35 Exacta: £77.20 Trifecta: £1,220.00 Swingers: 1&2:9.60 2&3:3.20 1&3:17.60
Placepot: £119.90, Pool: £179163.6, 1090.07 winning tickets
Quadpot: £35.40, Pool: £10573.35, 220.53 winning tickets
Another upset as 20/1 shot PARISH HALL denied compatriot Power and earned himself some Derby quotes in the process. Kevin Manning had him hard up against the stands rail and, like Middle Park winner Crusade, was always up with the pace. He showed plenty of resolution in the final two furlongs, with several challenges coming on his outside, but he really picked up well for Manning. His trainer, who has now won four of the last seven renewals of this race, reckons he's as good as previous winners New Approach and Teofilo and he is looking to Epsom next year already. Runner-up Power looked unlucky. Ryan Moore was trapped behind horses as the sprint for home started, but then managed to weave a belated passage through. Unfortunately for his fans (and there were many, given he was sent off the 15/8 favourite) the race had gone by then and although he rattled home he was never going to catch the winner. He's had a hardy season but is holding his form well and looks a nice prospect for next year. He has a speedier pedigree than the winner and the Guineas should be right up his alley, whether in Ireland, England or France. Third was Most Improved, who had put up a fine speed figure when winning on the July course, and he ran exceedingly well. He was a tad keen in the early stages but made his ground up on the leaders nicely before just looking a little green and novicey when trying to launch a winning challenge. Bronterre probably ruined his chance on the way to the start, going down far too keenly under Richard Hughes. In the end he ran a fine race in fourth, having raced on his own for the first two furlongs before joining the main group. He was keen enough in the race itself and could probably have done with more of a lead. He looks a fine prospect for next season however and the Oasis Dream colt is still an exciting horse. Fifth was stablemate Trumpet Major who appeared to find things happening a tad too quickly early on, but once moved to the outside he picked up strongly. He's had a hard season but looks in good nick and as long as he gets decent ground he can win at this level, perhaps on the continent. The leading quintet were clear of the rest. Red Duke tracked Bronterre throughout but was soon beaten when the race started to hot up, whilst Ektihaam was a huge disappointment. He's a big horse and his action suggests he needs soft ground so we shouldn't be too harsh on his effort, and he's still an enticing colt for the mile classics next season. He was being eased when he was squeezed for room late in the day. Spiritual Star ran ok, having cut across Power to get a position on the rail and travelling strongly throughout, but he just lacked the class to be competitive at this level. This race has a better record than the Middle Park for highlighting future Classic winners, and this year should be no different. This bunch looked a much more scopey bunch than the preceding race and the placed horses look ones to follow throughout the next 12 months.