Tote Win: £32.30 Tote Place: £8.20,4.90,1.60
Straight Forecast: £286.82 Exacta: £183.70 Trifecta: £1,125.90 Swingers: 1&2:35.40 2&3:10.10 1&3:14.40
Placepot: £2,609.00, Pool: £184064.66, 51.5 winning tickets
Quadpot: £180.80, Pool: £11642.06, 47.65 winning tickets
Europe's premier mid-season sprint was run on ground more akin to Chepstow in November after further heavy rain with Bated Breath, Libranno and Krypton Factor all non-runners because of the conditions. MAYSON coped best of all and after he got smartly out of the stalls, Paul Hanagan let him roll along towards the head of affairs and had the rest of the field in trouble at the halfway stage. He continued to pour on the pressure and none of his rivals could lay a glove on him as he crossed the line five lengths clear to give his rider and trainer Richard Fahey their first domestic Group 1 success. Mayson had started the season in tremendous fettle but rather scared himself coming out of the stalls at York two runs ago before failing to handle even worse ground at Newcastle last time out. Fahey had clearly got him back on an upward curve so he he took his chance here with some aplomb and a crack at the Nunthorpe at York is next on the agenda. The Cheka and Society Rock both benefited from racing to the fore and although neither could get anywhere near the winner, they kept on well enough to fill the frame with nothing able to pick up from the rear. The Cheka has done very little wrong this season and is a credit to connections while those closest to Society Rock will have been pleased to see him come out of the stalls on terms after he blew the start last time at Royal Ascot. Aussie raider Ortensia had stayed on for this race after running at the Royal meeting and put up a brave display in fourth on a track her trainer reported afterwards she hated and going she had never encountered before. She could be another to head on to York next month. Hawkeyethenoo is a hold-up horse and was in rear early as usual - he was the only runner able to make some sort of late headway and grab a share of the prize money. Sirious Prospect and Fire Lily were the next two home - the latter is just three and handles ease in the ground but does not want this much give underfoot so deserves some credit for toughing it out up the hill to the line. Connections took a gamble in running Strong Suit, who has an excellent turn of foot at his best and appreciates much faster conditions. The plan backfired and he was labouring badly from the distance, as was Godolphin's Sepoy, who fell in a huge hole and finished well in rear. Reply tried to plough a lone furrow down the far rail in a first-time visor but was beaten miles after racing prominently while Genki reared as the stalls opened and was fighting a losing battle from the start. It was not in the realms of fantasy to believe Wokingham winner Dandy Boy could make the step up from top handicap company but he raced too keenly early on to give himself any real hope of making an impact.