Tote Win: £3.60 Tote Place: £1.90,1.10,8.50
Straight Forecast: £5.59 Exacta: £5.60 Trifecta: £143.00 Swingers: 1&2:2.10 2&3:19.80 1&3:19.20
Jackpot: £29,130.27 carried forward to Wolverhampton, 3rd Nov
Placepot: £60.30, Pool: £53541.92, 647.28 winning tickets
Quadpot: £21.00, Pool: £4150.53, 145.7 winning tickets
This is often a fair maiden and it produced a taking winner in CUBANITA who stepped up on the form of her debut second to smart prospect Bonfire at Salisbury to win in game fashion. Incidentally, she made her debut in the same maiden as her stable's Oaks winner Look Here and she has every chance of staying a mile and a half next season. Her jockey was keen to secure a good position from the gate and she raced with her head on one side for much of the mile contest which created the impression that she might have been doing too much out in front. However, she pulled out more when strongly challenged inside the distance and never looked like relinquishing the lead. She looks more than capable of picking up some Black Type for her owner/breeder if progressing over the winter and connections may even have higher aspirations. She was pressed all the way to the line by Anomaly, a half-brother to a number of winners, who had only been beaten half a length at Newmarket on debut. That form has yet to be strongly tested but he looks to have progressed from the run and he handled the softer ground well - a maiden win should be a formality. Poetic Power took a big step forwards from his debut over course and distance on quick ground where he had been relatively short in the market but shown little. He had been withdrawn ahead of his intended debut having bolted but is clearly progressing with experience and handled the softer conditions. He's out of an unraced sister to Yeats and should relish being stepped up in trip next season. Morant Bay fared best of the newcomers in fourth; she ran around a little in the straight which is more than excusable given the relatively testing conditions but ran all the way to the line. Lelaps already had a run under his belt but he was again slowly into stride and had to come from a long way back. He was quite strongly ridden to make up the ground and still displayed signs of inexperience; he has the ability to win a race. Dark Stranger is the first foal of a winner in the States and showed ability without being given an unduly hard time as did Rose Season and Sequence. All three represent top connections and can be expected to derive considerable improvement from their debuts. Pentameter ran better than his finishing position suggests and may well be better suited by a faster surface while Teide Peak may have done a little too much in front and will find life easier in handicaps for which he is now qualified.