Tote Win: £8.40 Tote Place: £3.80,2.10
Straight Forecast: £26.62 Exacta: £26.70
Jackpot: £9,567.22 carried forward to Goodwood, 11th Sep
Placepot: £209.80, Pool: £190359.06, 662.11 winning tickets
Quadpot: £10.20, Pool: £11142.9, 803.31 winning tickets
Poet's Voice and Dubai Destination have been the only two recent winners of this race to go on to gain success at the highest level. There was something of a surprise result to this year's renewal with TRUMPET MAJOR bouncing back to form from a poor run in the Solario at Sandown where he had been well backed to get the better of Talwar (who was due to run in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh later in the day). Trumpet Major's defeat in Esher was put down to the soft ground and he certainly appreciated the return to racing on a faster surface and confirmed the visual impression that he'd created when winning a conditions stakes at Newmarket. It is tempting to underestimate him given that this was already his seventh start but he went close on debut in a Newbury maiden that his yard have an excellent record in and just seems to have taken a while to find his stride. Sandown aside, there has been plenty to like about his form since Royal Ascot and he may have earned himself a tilt at a Group One. Expectations were high for the unbeaten Entifaadha following his victory in the Acomb at York but he failed to live up to them. He had raced prominently on debut behind the leaders and was held-up on the Knavesmire but Richard Hills allowed him to go on and make the running with the absence of any early pace. He rallied slightly close home suggesting that a stiffer test may suit and he may be ideally suited by having something to chase. Red Duke was always likely to face a stiff task under a penalty and he probably wasn't helped by the way that the race was run. He looked an unlucky loser at Goodwood in the Vintage Stakes but had no real excuses here; he was a shade keen under restraint but took too long to pick up and lacked the turn of foot of the winner. Connections are still keen to head to the Breeders' Cup with John Quinn stating that his colt needs quicker ground and a fast run mile to be seen at his best. Daddy Long Legs was always to the fore but was readily left behind by the principals; the form of the Gowran maiden which he won has taken a few knocks and he doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary but does have time on his side. Al Khan finished slightly further behind Entifaadha than he had at York and ran a similar race, making quite good headway before weakening and a drop back to six could be in order.