Tote Win: £9.10 Tote Place: £2.10,2.20,3.40
Straight Forecast: £58.87 Exacta: £33.80 Trifecta: £491.80 Swingers: 1&2:4.70 2&3:11.80 1&3:15.40
Placepot: £21.40, Pool: £71922.8, 2442.54 winning tickets
Quadpot: £9.60, Pool: £3955.75, 302.54 winning tickets
Richard Hughes had been aboard COUPE DE VILLE when he could finish only fifth behind Tell Dad in a similar contest over C&D a fortnight ago and he had been surprised at the result that day but his judgement was vindicated here despite meeting with interference. He has held his form well since finishing second on debut to stablemate and subsequent Group Two winner Chandlery on debut, beating Mehdi in his maiden and winning a Listed race at Salisbury on fairly testing ground. He had to move very wide in able to start his challenge and was initially quite hard ridden to close the ground but he picked up in good fashion on meeting the rising ground and readily extended his advantage under hands and heels in the final few yards. A step back up to a mile will suit this colt who has a Racing Post Trophy entry and, while that will be flying too high, he certainly looks capable of winning at least a Group Three on this evidence. This was Tell Dad's ninth start of the season and he has proved a real money-spinner for connections; he is likely to be hard to place next season and it would be no surprise if he were moved on at one of the end of season sales. Mehdi rather enjoyed the run of things against the rail but was certainly entitled to finish where he did having got the better of Samitar in a similar race on the July Course. He has fulfilled his initial promise since being fitted with a tongue strap and should stay further next season if he trains on after a busy year. Entifaadha and Talwar were the form picks coming into the contest but both now have something to prove having held every chance. The former was already under the pressure when rolling around a little entering the Dip and, although he did keep on, he never really looked like taking the contest. The form of the Acomb has taken a few knocks and he looks like falling short of initial expectations at this stage but should train on next season. Connections had no excuses for Talwar's disappointing performance in the National Stakes and, although running better, he didn't dispel those concerns, weakening rather tamely having raced up with the pace. It's possible that the faster ground wasn't ideal but it may also be that he has had enough for the season. Alkazim is still a maiden but had run the Royal Lodge third Wrote to a short-head in a maiden before chasing home Tell Dad around a fortnight prior to this; he more or less ran to form with the runner-up and should have little difficulty opening his accounts when his sights are lowered. Miblish is the only Racing Post Trophy and Dewhurst entry from his yard and had landed the odds when sent off a well-backed favourite on debut at Newbury. He was expected to take a hand here as a result but weakened out of contention in the final two furlongs. He is worth another chance to confirm his initial promise as this may have come too soon in his career and was only a fortnight after his debut.