Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.50,£3.80,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£11.30 2&3:£13.60 1&3:£4.00
Jackpot: £8,871.46 carried forward to Newbury, 14th May
Placepot: £176.30, Pool: £201772.97, 835.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £51.60, Pool: £9406.91, 134.9 winning tickets
DUNCAN, a half-brother to Doncaster Cup winner Samuel, saw out this first run beyond a mile and a half really well and should be a force in the Cup races this season. He has always had a touch of class although hadn't won quite as many races as perhaps he ought to have done but connections decided to geld him after last season and aim him at this race and it would be no surprise to see him deliver on a more regular basis. He was allowed to set his own pace here but the gallop seemed genuine enough and there's no reason to cast aspersions on his stamina on that basis. Buick was also able to grab the favoured rail as a result of leading the field which certainly didn't do his cause any harm but he didn't really asked Duncan for a maximum effort until they'd passed the two pole and he always looked to be doing enough to keep the field at bay. There may not have been any stars amongst his opponents but this was a really solid effort under a penalty and he'll be worth his place in stronger races. Blue Bajan had been absent since February 2010 prior to running a fine fifth in the Chester Cup and showed no ill effects from that run when staying on for second - the same position he filled in this race in 2009. He appears to have run right up to his best and should be a fine advertisement for his up and coming trainer at this level throughout the season if remaining sound. There was also a worry about the bounce factor for Native Ruler who had appeared to have quite a hard race against Dandino on his first start since August 2009 but the one time Derby prospect showed no ill-effects from that outing and kept on well in a contest during which he didn't really get the breaks. A half-brother to Sixties Icon, he got this longer trip well and has very few miles on the clock for one of his age and his trainer has enjoyed plenty of success with Cup horses in the past - he's an interesting prospect but may have earned a rest after two relatively quick runs. Manighar was easy to back on his first start since running twice in Australia in November, including the Melbourne Cup; he has yet to win a race for his current connections but they will have been encouraged by this seasonal return on ground that would have been plenty fast enough. Connections may well seek out opportunities in Europe for this ex-French performer although his campaign may well depend on whether a return trip to Melbourne is the long term plan. Buxted ran as well as can have been expected. Askar Tau was disappointing but would have appreciated a stronger gallop and a longer trip and also got a bump from Blue Bajan as Danny Tudhope engineered some racing room, he can bounce back. Electrolyser was below par and the quirky (though relatively consistent) Free Agent threw in a lacklustre run in first time cheekpieces and both are capable of better than they showed here.