Tote Win: £25.20 Tote Place: £6.00,9.90,1.30
Straight Forecast: £658.57 Exacta: £724.50 Trifecta: £6,909.30 Swingers: 1&2:99.80 2&3:18.40 1&3:13.10
Jackpot: £50,271.32 carried forward to Beverley, 7th May
Placepot: £348.70, Pool: £216837.28, 453.88 winning tickets
Quadpot: £35.50, Pool: £11349.78, 236.37 winning tickets
A remarkable performance from HOMECOMING QUEEN, particularly given that there had been little in her 13 previous starts to suggest that she was capable of a performance of this magnitude despite winning a trial on her previous start. She was one of only two fillies not to have been loaded initially and was last to load when the procedure began again some 20 minutes later after the sad incident involving Gray Pearl and it's impossible to know whether this made any difference although it's worth noting that the second home, Starscope, was also one of the last to go forwards. Homecoming Queen was quite well backed when making all to beat Fire Lily but it was easy to assume that she was setting the tempo for her better fancied stablemate when Ryan Moore jumped her out in front. Moore set a fast pace on the softening ground - the time was two seconds faster than that recorded by Camelot - but still had enough horse underneath him to kick again two from home and the result never looked in doubt from then on. Aidan O'Brien revealed that she had moved into a 'different zone' in the past fortnight and it would be dangerous to doubt her in the future given that her record breaking trainer continues to evolve but the run does take some believing. She isn't the biggest but is clearly tough and this half-sister to Dylan Thomas may well stay a little further in time. Maybe's rider felt that his filly may have been undercooked and that is quite possibly the case as she appeared to be travelling nicely enough with a quarter of a mile to run only to struggle to pick up having wandered around in the dip. She may well improve physically from this but it was still disappointing that she failed to quicken and connections may be best making more use of her in the future. However, she more or less ran to last season's form with La Collina (who is well worth another crack at this level) so may not have improved as anticipated. Starscope found trouble in running in the Nell Gwyn but stepped up markedly on that despite giving trouble at the start. She's clearly a nice prospect if connections can keep a lid on her temperament and should stay ten furlongs. Stablemate The Fugue is arguably the pick of the pair, however, despite finishing two places back as she had even less experience to cope with some early scrimmaging and wasn't expected to be suited by the ground while she's bred to come into her own over further. She was later reported to have been struck into behind and it's to be hoped that the injury doesn't prove to be too serious. There is also plenty of stamina to be found in Alla Speranza's pedigree and her connections will be delighted with the way things have gone so far with her Listed second last year having already received a boost in the Ballysax Stakes. She is entered in the Oaks and deserves to take her chance at Epsom but it would be no surprise to see her in action before then. There were a number of fillies who clearly failed to run up to their form/potential with Discourse and Lyric Of Light notable amongst them with Frankie Dettori blaming the ground for the latter. Mashoora appeared to be moving quite well approaching two out but didn't appear to be at ease in the dip or to quite get home; she looks capable of resuming her upward curve. Lightening Pearl's participation had been in doubt due to the ground and, with rain on the day, conditions went against her while she sweated up in the paddock and her jockey reported that he 'never got a feel from her'. The pair to try and take a line on the race through are Nayarra and Lily's Angel who are no more than useful fillies but are tough and durable and look to have run their races.