Tote Win: £2.60 Tote Place: £1.10,1.80,2.10
Straight Forecast: £12.15 Exacta: £13.80 Trifecta: £33.40 Swingers: 1&2:3.50 2&3:4.30 1&3:3.50
Placepot: £547.80, Pool: £141090.0, 188.0 winning tickets
Quadpot: £42.90, Pool: £7038.32, 121.35 winning tickets
A totally commanding performance from EXCELEBRATION, who, if his trainer is taken at face value, was not even match-fit. If that's the case, then there is little doubt that a Group 1 win will not be far away, and it also raises the wonderful proposition of yet another clash between Marco Botti's star and Frankel in the QEII at Ascot later in the year. Having started brightly from his outside draw, Adam Kirby tracked his pacemaker Ceremonial Jade for half of the race. He inched his mount closer to the pace with three furlongs to run, and then moved into the lead on the bridle with two furlongs to go. It was only a matter of time before he surged clear and the response when asked to quicken was immediate and the emphatic six length winning distance could easily have been more. He looks likely to head for France before facing Sir Henry Cecil's colt, and will surely take plenty of stopping across the channel. Second, and running his normal good race, was Beacon Lodge. He needs soft ground to be at his best so the run can be upgraded slightly. Held up as usual, he was doing his best work near the line and always looked likely to pick up Musir late on. He isn't a top level performer, but he's an excellent yardstick for assessing this form. Third home was Mike De Kock's runner, and the way he drifted in the betting prior to the race would suggest that he was lacking match fitness. He ran well, always up with the pace, and will be more of a force over slightly further next time with this run under his belt. Dubawi Gold didn't get the clearest of runs through as the pace quickened but even allowing for that he was disappointing and doesn't appear to be going forward. He finished alongside horses who have continually been found at in this grade. The Cheka ran a fair enough race, but he isn't up to this level, especially when faced with something as progressive as the winner, whilst Doncaster Rover is game and was only outpaced when the race started to hot up. The eight-year-old Balthazaar's Gift looks as if he is finding this company too hot and it might not be long before he heads to the paddocks. Perfect Tribute broke awkwardly and was always up against it.