Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.80,£3.50,£4.80,£2.90
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£34.10 2&3:£45.80 1&3:£56.90
Jackpot: £13,559.38 carried forward to Doncaster, 3rd Apr
Placepot: £19,426.50, Pool: £203579.28, 7.65 winning tickets
Quadpot: £554.90, Pool: £13048.58, 17.4 winning tickets
This was turned into something of a procession by ETON FOREVER, who provided rookie trainer Roger Varian with a first winner since taking over the training license from his former boss Michael Jarvis. The field predictably split into two groups, however whilst the far side group (low numbers) came several yards away from the far rail, the runners on the stands side were content to hug the rail. With the first three home on the near side, one would assume that there was an advantage in being drawn high, but this was probably as much down to the near-side group going a stronger pace throughout. Camerooney took them along but was left behind two furlongs out, as Manassas and Eton Forever moved on by. The former had tracked Camerooney throughout, but Neil Callan had not moved a muscle and it was clear at the furlong marker that he felt he had them all covered. He was right; the four-year-old shot clear when asked and the race was put to bed. The winner has only had five lifetime starts, and following the handicappers reaction will have to go up to at least listed class next. This was impressive and although the decent ground no doubt played a big part, the feeling is that this Oratorio gelding has not yet reached his potential. In the end Dance And Dance came through to take second spot from Manassas, and this was another step forward from Ed Vaughan's charge. He has a good record fresh, but was one of the only few runners to come with a decent challenge from off the pace, and he won't bump into such a progressive rival in the future. His jockey Adam Beschizza had to wait to delay his challenge as well so this rates a very good performance. Manassas was quite keen early on but the 2009 winner still saw his race out fairly well; he bounced back to form here and obviously loves Town Moor. Fourth home was Justonefortheroad who did by far the best of those on the far side. He probably still has some leeway with the handicapper, and although not a flashy worker at home, he certainly produces the goods on the track. Norman Orpen stayed on from off the pace next, having made his challenge more towards the centre of the track, with Smarty Socks next home. He ran well, especially as he was a bit keen towards the middle of the stands side group. Charlie Cool shaped with promise further back but looks to have his own ideas about the game, whilst Oriental Scot made up some late ground towards the centre of the track. Favourite Kalk Bay was always up with the pace on the far side but on ground quick enough for him, he was unable to pick up when a bit of a dawdle on that far side developed into a sprint. Sir George never really threatened, whilst Pintura travelled well for a long way but is another who should come on for the run; watch out for him at Chester later in the season.