Tote Win: £4.80 Tote Place: £1.90,1.10,2.70
Straight Forecast: £13.39 Exacta: £14.50 Trifecta: £144.70 Swingers: 1&2:2.70 2&3:8.10 1&3:7.00
Jackpot: £14,024.74 carried forward to Ayr, 8th Jul
Placepot: £1,360.70, Pool: £223417.3, 119.86 winning tickets
Quadpot: £71.40, Pool: £16474.3, 170.6 winning tickets
A fair amount of intrigue was taken from the race with the late absence of last year's winner So You Think but NATHANIEL and Farhh produced a thrilling finish as they pulled clear of the rest of the field. The question mark over the winner prior to the race was whether he would be as effective at this trip as over a mile and a half but the ease in the ground on a testing track and a positive ride from William Buick just about won the day. John Gosden reported that he is stronger this year and although a repeat bid in the King George at Ascot would seem the obvious next step, his trainer is a little concerned the race may come up too quickly. He also floated a potential clash with Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York - wherever he goes, he continues to prove he is a tip-top performer with a regal pedigree. The runner-up was a drifter on the day in the betting as the course dried up with connections saying earlier in the week that the softer the ground the better for him. He is really progressing with racing and showed his run at Royal Ascot was no fluke so a similar event over 10 furlongs will be next on the agenda. Twice Over won this race two years ago and had the rest well beaten in a clear third place. He showed a good level of form once more but was readily left behind by his two younger rivals in the closing stages. Connections rolled the dice with Cityscape to see if he would stay this trip but the stamina ebbed away having travelled as well as anything three furlongs from home. He got to the quarters of the winner at the two pole but then started to tread water and a return to a mile will suit. The rest of the field showed various levels of disappointment. Crackerjack King faded quite tamely inside the distance but this multiple winner in Italy was having his first run for Marco Botti in this country and perhaps needs a bit longer to acclimatise. Godolphin duo Monterosso and City Style both had little impact at the business end as the latter dropped away having set the pace while the World Cup winner was a spent force from two furlongs out. The coal was being shovelled on turning for home and he never really looked happy in the straight before Crackerjack King got in his way slightly at the two pole. A challenge from Bonfire also failed to materialise against the older generation and even if he was not good enough, he has now failed to run with any sparkle twice since his victory in the Dante Stakes at York. It is hard to know what is going on or whether there is something ailing him as he looked smart in May. Sri Putra rocks up at this level regularly and although he was placed in the last two renewals, he never got competitive and is generally out of his depth at the top table.