Tote Win: £8.40 Tote Place: £2.90,2.10,2.30
Straight Forecast: £31.43 Exacta: £23.60 Trifecta: £153.00 Swingers: 1&2:4.40 2&3:5.80 1&3:7.90
Jackpot: £26,303.56 carried forward to Chester, 10th May
Placepot: £110.00, Pool: £162357.56, 1076.72 winning tickets
Quadpot: £52.20, Pool: £8696.12, 123.27 winning tickets
A handicap won last year by St Leger second Brown Panther and before him useful sorts such as Allied Powers and Galient have featured on the roll of honour. Brown Panther's half-brother Third Half represented the same connections but the lion's share of the spoils went to ROSSLYN CASTLE who received a very confident ride from the emerging James Doyle. Said to be physically and mentally weak when taking the eye behind the useful Open Water on his sole juvenile start, the son of an Irish Oaks winner had impressed in a ten furlong maiden on his reappearance and passed the whole field to power home over this extra quarter of a mile. He already has an entry in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and rates an exciting prospect although it remains to be seen how he copes with significantly quicker ground. Gabrial The Great is reportedly held in some regard and this Derby entry took another step forwards in chasing the winner home. A scopey sort, he got first run on Rosslyn Castle having also raced in rear and just found one too strong on the day but can continue to progress and should prove capable of picking up a race at this level before his sights are raised. Martin Chuzzlewit contested a Newmarket handicap in which his trainer has re-introduced some pattern-level performers in the past but cut little ice on the Rowley Mile. He was positively ridden out of the gate and produced a far better performance but he was being ridden from a long way out to maintain his position and looked much more of a stayer than the two that finished in front of him. There isn't an awful lot of wriggle room from his current mark but this was more encouraging, he got the trip well enough and there are races to be won with him. The well-backed Montaser caught the eye at Doncaster but had every chance here, racing from a good position, and was just outpointed in the closing stages. It's possible that better ground might bring about some improvement. Juno The Muffinman was quickly into stride in first-time blinkers before his jockey steadied the pace; he kept on well enough but is more exposed than those that finished ahead of him and time may tell that he was facing a stiff task. Third Half was left behind as the pace quickened but wasn't disgraced on his handicap bow/seasonal return. Cherry Street was among three runners that finished effectively tailed off but the well-backed colt had raced freely with little cover on the outside, just behind the pace for much of the contest which wouldn't have helped him get home over the longest trip that he's tackled on testing ground. It's probably worth putting a line through his run.