Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.30,£3.60
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£5.10 2&3:£2.50 1&3:£3.20
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 great piece of training as RANSOM NOTE made the transition from handicapper to Group winner in seamless fashion. He had been generally ridden more passively last season, but Michael Hills took the race by the scruff of the neck and set some decent fractions early on. He seemed to get a nice breather into his horse at halfway before kicking on with a couple of furlongs to go, and from then on had all of his rivals on the stretch. For a brief moment it looked as if he might get picked up by Elusive Pimpernel on the far side but he found plenty for pressure and was comfortably clear at the line. Ultimately it was Polytechnicien who ran on best for second. He was conceding weight to all of his rivals and ran well, especially as he was unproven on ground this fast. He seemed to just get a little outpaced as the winner kicked and no doubt would have preferred a truer run race. The horse to take out of this (bar the winner) is Elusive Pimpernel. Looking a little burly on this return from 11 months off the track, he ran on well before the dip but just ran out of puff late on. Evidently needing the outing, it was also clear that Ryan Moore was under instructions not to be overly hard on the horse and the finishing effort was produced under hands and heels from a fair way out. He looks sure to get further this season, so a step up to 10 or 12 furlongs surely awaits before long. Steele Tango came next. He had performed with credit in Dubai over the winter and was expected to at least reproduce his second in this race last year, when it was his first run of the season. However he was another who found the stop-start tempo against him, and he had no answer when the winner quickened it up. He will have found this ground a tad too quick so his (running-on) fourth was far from a disgrace; he'll win a Group race before the season is out. World Heritage was a distant fifth, but considering he was miles out of his depth, ran well, certainly a lot better than the next two. Both Forte Dei Marmi and Bullet Train were held up but neither even looked remotely like landing a blow. Whilst this may in some part be down to how the race was dictated from the front, they were still disappointing efforts; both ran as if badly in need of the outing.