Tote Win: £5.40 Tote Place: £2.40,1.50,3.10
Straight Forecast: £21.60 Exacta: £17.60 Trifecta: £128.70 Swingers: 1&2:4.80 2&3:6.50 1&3:8.30
Jackpot: £47,092.95 carried forward to Newbury, 20th Apr
Placepot: £120.60, Pool: £87691.72, 530.69 winning tickets
Quadpot: £40.20, Pool: £5848.8, 107.5 winning tickets
Most Improved was a late absentee having been lame on the morning of the race and it opened up the way for TRUMPET MAJOR to run away with the prize in clear-cut fashion. There were two groups in the early stages and Ryan Moore was happy to settle the eventual winner in behind the pace in the stands' side group. He began to angle out for a run with three furlongs to travel and with a clear sight of the front rank, he moved through to challenge inside the final quarter before bursting clear in some style. This is a strong boost for the Dewhurst Stakes form from last backend where Most Improved finished in front of Trumpet Major - though the latter did suffer a troubled passage. We shall have to see what the weekend trials throw up but he looks a player in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, for which his price ranges from 8-1 to 12-1. Crius had raced prominently from an early stage but was no match as his stablemate shot past but he kept on well enough to highlight the tremendous form this week of the Richard Hannon team. Eastern Sun filled the frame after taking a solo path towards the centre of the course. He also waved the white flag fairly quickly and was left trailing in the wake of Trumpet Major before being collared inside the distance by the runner-up. Ptolemaic continues to progress in the headgear and should find a race or two this season while the remainder were pretty well strung out up the Rowley Mile. They were headed by Godolphin's Mighty Ambition, who made a vain attempt to go with the winner when that horse picked up but was soon put in his place. Forgotten Hero had scored well last time in much lesser company at Lingfield and was a bit keen early here. He fell in a hole a furlong and a half from home and was eased so it is back to the drawing board somewhat. He is held in some regard though and this may be worth overlooking. Born To Surprise reared coming out of the stalls and although he tried to get involved, he was soon only going at the one pace in the closing stages. The likes of Beaufort Twelve, Rayvin Black and Minstrels Gallery will all need their sights lowering and should fare better in handicaps.