Tote Win: £2.30 Tote Place: £1.30,1.10
Straight Forecast: £3.45 Exacta: £3.80 Swingers: 1&2:1.30 2&3:3.90 1&3:4.20
Placepot: £3,044.20, Pool: £206214.48, 49.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £176.40, Pool: £12133.47, 50.89 winning tickets
Jackpot: £61,241.86 carried forward to York, 17th May
An early boost for the 1000 Guineas form and back-to-back wins in the race for John Gosden and his team although there will undoubtedly be some long faces at Clarehaven Stables if THE FUGUE doesn't go on to achieve a good deal more than Joviality. Fourth in the Guineas on her seasonal reappearance and second start of her career, she was struck into that day but the injury proved to be superficial allowing her to take her chance here and she took it in some style. Settled in behind the pace, William Buick oozed confidence as he raced alongside the runner-up for the best part of a furlong without asking his filly for an effort before asking her to quicken and her response was both immediate and impressive. Her odds were understandably slashed for the Oaks (despite the lack of depth in this race) with Buick convinced that she'll have no problem with the extra quarter of a mile and the way that she travels allied with her turn of foot will certainly stand her in good stead at Epsom. Her dam was a nine furlong winner and placed in a Ribblesdale while she is a half-sister to a two mile winner, albeit one that's by a sire with a greater stamina index. Her trainer did state that the ground is important to her and warned that she might not take her chance at Epsom if conditions come up soft. The bare form of Twirl's Curragh second over a mile wasn't outstanding but the weight of market support suggested that she was expected to improve considerably from that run and for the longer trip. She certainly has the size and scope to go on this season but proved no match for the winner on the day and, on this evidence, may have to have her sights lowered. She finished clear of Nell Gwyn winner Esentepe who returned to form after a disappointing effort at Goodwood. She got this longer trip well enough which options up more options for a filly who appears relatively exposed after 13 career starts; she's tough and consistent and may be able to score at this level if connections can find a weaker event. Salford Art improved on her reappearance in the Pretty Polly where the testing ground was against her but struggled to land a blow. Aniseed helped to ensure that this was run at a decent gallop but weakened out of contention from the two pole; this was, presumably, an attempt to pick up some cheap black type for a filly who was a four race maiden coming into the heat. Good Morning Star was a surprise winner of the Cheshire Oaks last week and did nothing to dispel the notion that the Chester form was sub-standard for the level but her paddock value is already assured.