Tote Win: £1.80 Tote Place: £1.10,1.90,2.00
Straight Forecast: £7.65 Exacta: £7.30 Trifecta: £30.80 Swingers: 1&2:2.70 2&3:5.70 1&3:2.00
Placepot: £123.10, Pool: £278104.38, 1649.09 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.60, Pool: £13174.65, 523.95 winning tickets
The smallest field in over 100 years and some doubts about the depth to the field but no doubting the star quality of the winner CAMELOT who was providing his trainer with a third success in the race and his young jockey a first. There had been plenty of talk about the unheard of work that this Montjeu colt had been doing at home but there were many wanting to see some substance to the claims with the form of the Racing Post Trophy and QIPCO 2000 Guineas knocked. That may well remain the case after this victory but he will surely have won over some of the naysayers with a performance that oozed class. Held-up in rear off a steady gallop being set by stablemate Astrology appeared to be an unnecessarily bold move with leaders often getting away from the field over this C&D and front-runners generally faring well over the two day meeting. Joseph O'Brien pulled wide to make his challenge a long way from home, confident in the horse that he had underneath him and sensibly avoiding the possibility of any late pitfalls and his mount didn't let him down showing terrific acceleration. He took a stride or two to get past Astrology as he struggled on the cambers but soon mastered him and was good value for his winning margin; indeed, he left the impression that there was a good deal left in the locker. There has been much discussion of the Triple Crown and it would give the country's oldest Classic a much needed boost if he were to end up on Town Moor and perhaps his owners will feel some nostalgia and seek to create another bit of history in pursuing that challenge. The previously unbeaten Main Sequence provided further evidence - if any were needed - of the burgeoning talents of David Lanigan and passed the post in the same position as Meeznah had done in the 2010 Oaks. He's described as a lazy worker but what he saves at home he uses on the track and this was a terrific performance to claim second on the line from the Lingfield Derby Trial winner. The winner aside, he comfortably did best of those that were held-up and he will merit respect wherever he turns up next. He holds an entry in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes later in the month although the round course at Ascot isn't the easiest in which to come from off the pace as he does. Astrology got the run of the race and set sensible fractions but he's clearly progressive and may well be able to win a race at this level. The distaff side of his pedigree isn't the stoutest and, perhaps, he may prove most effective dropped back to 10 furlongs. Thought Worthy was ideally placed throughout but was readily left behind in the final quarter of a mile; he's a full brother to the stable's St Leger winner Lucarno and it would be no surprise to see him campaigned along a similar path which could see him take in the King Edward VII Stakes as well. Mickdaam was the most experienced runner in the field and posted a solid performance despite not looking comfortable on the track. He has a good attitude and is versatile but doesn't look up to this class. The disappointment of the race was Bonfire who didn't boil over before the start as some had feared he might but he didn't reach boiling point in the race either. Perhaps he left his race at York or a combination of the track, trip and ground caused him to run below par but there's little doubt that he failed to match the form of his Dante Stakes victory. His jockey later reported that his colt 'hated' the track. Minimise Risk closed the gap on Mickdaam from their meeting in the Chester Vase and can make his presence felt when dropped back to that grade. Rugged Cross was only a length behind Thought Worthy in a slowly run race at Newmarket but failed to match that faced with this truer test of of stamina having raced a shade keenly. Cavaleiro was expected to appreciate this stiffer test and to come on for his Lingfield return behind the runner-up but was the first beaten.