Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.60,£3.00,£4.40
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£8.20 2&3:£15.10 1&3:£16.60
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 very taking win for MIDSUMMER FAIR, who like many from the yard seemed very fit for his racecourse bow. A strapping son of Medaglio d'Oro, he was smartly into stride and was always near to the pace. Dffra was sent to the front after a furlong, with her jockey unhappy with the early tempo, but the winner kept close tabs on the pace and was still travelling well with two furlongs left to run. It was at that point that Above Standard and Midsummer Fair tried to kick away from the field, and to the credit of both they kicked several lengths away. However whilst Above Standard seemed to flail when hitting the rising ground, that's when the winner really seemed to find his stride and he strode majestically away. His trainer believes that the extra distance will be no problem for this Derby entry, although he also suggested that he may not quite have the class to win it. Regardless this was a fine introduction and it will be fascinating to see how his career develops. Eventually Above Standard weakened badly into fifth, with Air Traffic, the eye-catcher of the race running on for second. Big green and gangly, Henry Cecil's charge had to be ridden along to try and advance his position at halfway. However he responded well to his rider and started to eat up the ground in the final two furlongs. He never looked like picking up the winner, as the bird had flown, but he was the best of the rest by a fair way. Third was another eye-catcher Laashak. He didn't get the clearest of runs, having to try and force a gap between runners at the furlong pole, but once he saw daylight he picked up nicely. He will have learnt plenty from the run and should be wiser next time. Next came England Rules who made some late headway from off the gallop; he wasn't well-fancied on this racecourse debut and he looked a bit keen and green early on. Behind Above standard in fifth came Ashiri who was caught up in a barging match in the dip and came off worst. Like Laashak, he really picked up in taking fashion when egtting some fresh air and he is a winner in waiting. The Guru Of Gloom shaped with promise in behind, having not been given a hard time, whilst Arch Fire was slowly into stride and never looked like featuring. He looked in need of the experience and should progress as the season goes on. Nuzool wasn't the quickest into stride and looked as if he found it all happening a bit too quickly; watch out for him over a mile and half in the autumn.