Tote Win: £4.10 Tote Place: £1.60,3.10,2.50
Straight Forecast: £28.34 Exacta: £36.40 Trifecta: £146.90 Swingers: 1&2:6.10 2&3:11.70 1&3:5.30
Jackpot: £20,072.29 carried forward to York, 18th Aug
Placepot: £426.40, Pool: £263574.12, 451.22 winning tickets
Quadpot: £46.00, Pool: £12228.33, 196.53 winning tickets
A taking performance from winner ENTIFAADHA who had to work hard to see off the placed horses but did so with a willing attitude. He isn't the biggest so may lack the scope for improvement of some of his rivals but he is a sharp two-year-old and a race like the Champagne Stakes over this trip may be a better route than the Dewhurst or Racingpost Trophy options; he's entered in lots of races, and got the obligatory Guineas quote directly after this win. He got a nice tow through the race from the keen-going Archbishop and was always well-placed by Richard Hills, although he seemed to find a little trouble around the bend. However once on an even keel he found his stride, and despite being off the bridle quite early, he continued to battle on well. He didn't put the race to bed immediately but he was gutsy and always looked in command in the final 50 yards. Fort Bastion is still a maiden but he ran a cracker here, finishing second and bouncing back from an average HQ run last time. He was always near the pace, and although he came off the bit as the pace quickened, he actually came back on the bridle with two to run. He had every chance in the final 200 yards but just found a better horse on the day. Third home was Zumbi who came from further back than the first pair. He too held every chance with a furlong to go but seemed to get a little tired, perhaps due to the going or having to make up his ground quite quickly. He has lots of scope for improvement but might just be better off back over six furlongs at this stage of his career. Fourth, and unlucky, was Caledonian Springs. He represents an unfashionable yard but would surely have been placed had he got a clear run. He was repeatedly hampered (held up last) and only made up his ground when finally granted some fresh air; compensation awaits down the line. The first quartet were clear of Al Khan who travelled well but the response when asked to quicken was tepid; he probably raced too keenly to begin with. Sixth home was Archbishop who set the pace but certainly raced far too keenly. He looks a nice long-term prospect however, whilst Furners Green and Moon Pearl were both well-held but each ran on quite takingly late in the day. Balty Boys was outpaced throughout and made some modest late headway.