Tote Win: £27.90 Tote Place: £6.60,3.50,1.50
Straight Forecast: £274.21 Exacta: £453.40 Trifecta: £2,161.40 Swingers: 1&2:20.50 2&3:8.10 1&3:12.40
Jackpot: £24,736.82 carried forward to Epsom Downs, 2nd Jun
Placepot: £135.30, Pool: £241723.19, 1303.55 winning tickets
Quadpot: £32.00, Pool: £13292.44, 306.51 winning tickets
It was a rough race with the two market leaders suffering more than most and The Fugue will be the filly that many feel should have been wearing the crown this evening. She had to be snatched up quite badly, losing a handy position in the process but had plenty of time to recover in a slowly run race and might well have finished closer if remedial action had been taken earlier; although that can only be conjecture as she'd have had to challenge wide on the track in order to do so. Mickael Barzalona was the meat in the sandwich between Maybe and Devotion when appearing to do no more than try and hold his position and Kailani struggled thereafter. The action, meanwhile, was unfolding in front of them with the race dominated by those that raced prominently. WAS did well to get across from a high draw and was settled just behind the free-running Nayarra and stablemate Twirl and was perfectly positioned throughout by the experienced Seamie Heffernan. She got a lovely split up the inside and, with the rail to help, kept to her task well and she had just enough in hand to repel the late lunge of Shirocco Star. This was a huge step up from her reappearance run but the market suggested that she was expected to need that having suffered a setback in the spring and she had clearly come on in leaps and bounds. The runner-up had looked the best horse in the race when beaten at Newbury with Darryll Holland delaying his challenge and he didn't go for everything here as soon as the winner. She didn't appear to be making any inroads into the deficit until closing the gap in the shadow of the post and, in hindsight, her jockey may have wished that he'd got after her a little earlier. That's not to say that she was unlucky as she had plenty of time to get past but couldn't quicken as effectively as her rival; connections felt that she would have been better suited by a stronger gallop and that she raced more prominently than they'd have preferred due to the slow pace - others may have wished that they'd adopted a similarly bold policy. Easy Musidora winner, The Fugue, was flying close home and it's not difficult to think that she'd have won with a clear passage. Vow had every chance having been well placed throughout but didn't quicken in the manner that Johnny Murtagh had expected. She was noticeably green on both previous starts, however, and it was probably that inexperience that cost her in this stronger company. She can continue to improve and may well be able to win at this level before the season's out. Maybe stayed on resolutely having been held up in a share of last and getting involved in plenty of scrimmaging. This was a step forwards from her run in the Guineas but she is a straightforward ride, a galloper rather then one who quickens and may have benefited from being ridden more prominently. The outside draw was certainly not a help in that regard but the winner was only one box inside her; it's possible that she was ridden more conservatively to preserve her stamina which was far from guaranteed at this trip. It will be interesting to see which route connections take her down now. Coquet is a tough filly with a great attitude and is another that would have finished closer with a clear run. She tried to follow the winner through but was stopped in her tracks by the weakening Nayarra and did remarkably well to quicken again which is often the sign of a decent performer; she's progressive and worth another chance at this level. A line can be put through Kailani's run as she held little chance after the early interference; a return to an easier surface may suit. Betterbetterbetter, who was involved in the incident with The Fugue, held every chance and did little for the Chesire Oaks form. Colima failed to improve as expected from Lingfield and was disappointing.