Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££7.40,£1.90,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£20.60 2&3:£5.50 1&3:£24.90
Jackpot: £11,223.40 carried forward to Newbury, 15th Apr
Placepot: £189.40, Pool: £76777.89, 295.78 winning tickets
Quadpot: £23.00, Pool: £6915.44, 221.86 winning tickets
A one-two for Richard Hannon as AULD BURNS really picked up in the final 50 yards to swoop on stablemate Measuring Time. Interestingly jockey Jamie Spencer said that a slow early pace meant that his horse's stamina wasn't truly tested, but as the horses had sprinted for home quite early, it meant that he could pick up some tiring horses near the line. Towards the outside of the field, he only looked like hitting the frame at best with 150 yards to run but he really found his stride coming out of the dip and was comfortably on top at the line. This was job done, with a lovely pot of gold to winning connections, but he certainly looks to have trained on as a three-year-old so may no step back up in grade again. Measuring Time deserves plenty of respect, as he was up with the pace for a long way. Nudged to chase long-time leader Sadler's Risk with three furlongs left to run, he then struck the front with two to run and appeared to be holding his rivals at bay as his rider made good use of the rail. He still had half a length on his rivals coming out of the dip but he was powerless to resist the swooping late run of the winner. This was a fine first run of the season and this reliable colt should be feared wherever he goes next, although whether he's good enough to win a Group Two (has a Dante entry) is debatable. Third was Questioning who came with a strong run a furlong out. He had been quite keen in the early stages but made up his ground nicely and held every chance late on; he may progress the most of the first three home, with this being only his third start, and he's certainly one to stay on the right side of. Fourth was Namibian who was without doubt the eye-catcher of the race. Mark Johnston had a three-pronged attack on this race, and Sadler's Risk and State Opera helped cut out a lot of the running. But as they faded, it was the yellow cap of the supposed third string runner, Namibian, who threatened to stay on and pick up the leaders. Unfortunately his effort was severely hampered close home; but for that he probably would have finished second at least. He was only rated 82 going into the race, so if the handicapper's reaction isn't too prohibitive, then he looks a good thing when returned to that grade. Next was Together who held every chance. She had a nice tow through the race in midfield, and crept closer from half-way. She made her challenge between runners from the two furlong pole but could find no more in the closing stages once the fight became a brawl. She was up in trip here and might just have found her stamina ebbing away in the closing stages. Chef stayed on for sixth and ran a cracker considering this was only his second race, whilst Sadler's Risk deserves plenty of credit as he continued to give his best after being headed. Date With Destiny is beautifully bred but she just seemed to find this all a bit too much on her first start of the season.