Tote Win: £4.00 Tote Place: £1.50,3.70,1.40
Straight Forecast: £20.41 Exacta: £29.00 Trifecta: £149.50 Swingers: 1&2:4.30 2&3:5.60 1&3:3.20
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
A smart win by GREEN DESTINY, long considered a Group horse in handicaps and now up in grade for the first time he was able to live up to that assessment. Kieren Fallon settled William Haggas' charge nicely towards the rear of the field as Penitent, Tazahum and Kings Gambit took it in turns to set the fractions. The pace was honest enough and as the field started to edge apart, Fallon was able to guide his mount between runners until almost on the heels of Tazahum. He got the perfect route through and moved the gelding (who was still full of running) into the lead and quickened nicely. It was no coincidence that Fallon didn't show him the whip until he was in front and it only took four cracks for him to straighten up (having hung slightly right) and win cosily. His jockey reported that his mount pricked his ears in front and that he probably got to the front a tad early. This doesn't look form to get too carried away with, but it was a fair race for the grade and he will inevitably head up a notch or two next time. It might be an idea to try and find a race abroad where the opposition won't include top-notch Group 1 horses, but there's little doubt that he's progressive. Runner-up Tazahum ran very well in second, having fended off all of his rivals bar the winner. He was still travelling strongly as they turned in, and looked to have nicked a decisive lead with two furlongs to run. However he had no answer when the winner surged past and although he kept trying, he was eventually fairly well-held. His jockey might have kicked for home earlier, as races can sometimes be stolen here, and that is the only way that he might have been able to beat the winner, by taking him out of his rhythm as early as possible. Third home was Dux Scholar who never looked like winning. He was held up in early stages but raced quite keenly. The leaders seemed to nip away from him at this point and he came under pressure three furlongs from home. He tried to follow Green Destiny through but just lacked his turn of foot. To his credit he looked like he might struggle for third but he eventually mastered both Anmar and Penitent for that position. He seemed to appreciate ten furlongs last time and may need a return to that trip before the best is seen of him. Fourth was Anmar who made his ground around the outside of runners and looked a threat two out, but his effort flattened out and he was a little up and down on the spot late on. Fifth, and tired late on, was Penitent. He sported a first-time visor and was given quite an aggressive ride by his jockey. He tried to kick away on the far rail with 400 yards to run, but he was gobbled up inside the final 100 yards. This was a decent effort and it must go down as his best run of the season. If he can get an easier lead then compensation surely awaits sooner rather than later. Western Aristocrat was a big disappointment. He had a similar profile to the winner earlier in the year but doesn't look as stout a stayer. Having said that, he looked beaten even before stamina became an issue. He's worth another chance over this trip, perhaps on slightly less holding ground, although he will need to settle better regardless. Biondetti was under pressure quite early and weakened tamely after trying to make and effort three out, whilst Nationalism was another to disappoint having been too keen in rear before just plugging on late in the day.