Tote Win: £1.40 Tote Place: £1.02,1.80,1.50
Straight Forecast: £3.06 Exacta: £3.90 Trifecta: £7.00 Swingers: 1&2:1.80 2&3:2.00 1&3:1.70
Jackpot: £36,959.70, Pool: £442475.7, 8.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £156.60, Pool: £253611.75, 1181.66 winning tickets
Quadpot: £48.30, Pool: £12760.96, 195.36 winning tickets
The performance that everyone, or nearly everyone, had hoped for was realised as FRANKEL maintained his unbeaten record with another spectacular display despite events not really going according to plan. He jumped a little slowly, no doubt by design, but pulled for his head in the first two furlongs as Tom Queally struggled to get him settled. Ian Mongan tried to suck the field into following him on Bullet Train, steadying his mount a fraction before quickening but he failed to pull the wool over his rivals eyes and the pacemaker was more or less ignored leaving Dick Turpin to take the main pack along. Queally started to make his move having passed the five pole and Excelebration, Poet's Voice and Side Glance were immediately switched by their jockeys to stalk the favourite in a fascinating deployment of tactics. Frankel made up the ground on Bullet Train with ease although Queally had to shake his reins at the colt with a quarter of a mile to run as Immortal Verse joined Excelebration and Poet's Voice on his heels. There was a fraction of a moment when it looked as though he might not pick up but Frankel was into his stride passing the furlong pole and powered away in the straight to record another emphatic success. His connections report that he is getting stronger, more professional and more tractable and the sky is the limit for this unbeaten son of Galileo who should have little difficulty getting ten furlongs next season on this evidence. In any other season, Excelebration would be very close to being the leading miler but he has had the misfortune to bump into a superstar. He's made rapid strides since chasing home Sir Henry Cecil's star in the Greenham where he was beaten four lengths as he was today. A major share in the colt was purchased by Coolmore earlier in the season and it remains to be seen whether he will have another race this season or indeed next but connections will surely be eager to return for a mile division which will lack Canford Cliffs, Goldikova and quite possibly Frankel. Immortal Verse lowered the colours of Goldikova in the Jacques le Marois and ran a solid race on ground that was as fast as anything that she's raced on. She had reportedly missed a little work in the build-up to the race so may not have been quite at her best but there is plenty to look forward to with her next season. Dubawi Gold nearly edged her out of third as Gerald Mosse eased down but was just held - this was an honest performance from the 2000 Guineas runner-up who has been on the go since March but one that confirmed his Iimitations at this level. Dick Turpin was found a good opening at this level in Italy last time when beating Cityscape but has regularly come up short when faced with the very best and this was no different and he appeared to run his race. Poet's Voice beat Rip Van Winkle in this race 12 months ago when it was run on the round course but wasn't in the same form coming into the race this time around and didn't really build on a more encouraging second run of the season at Newmarket last month. Side Glance was always going to struggle in this company but didn't do his chances any good by pulling hard in the early stages. The gelding has already finished fourth in a Grade One in Canada this year and could be on his travels again having proved that he can be competitive on the international stage.