Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.30,£1.70,£4.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£4.20 2&3:£4.90 1&3:£4.70
Jackpot: £14,089.70, Pool: £19844.67, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £116.60, Pool: £80534.12, 503.96 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.70, Pool: £5867.91, 368.76 winning tickets
This is often an informative handicap and the first two pulled clear of the field in quite taking fashion (with neither rider throwing the kitchen sink) in a race where the majority of the field chose to race in the middle of the track. There had been plenty of support for TAZAHUM on the day suggesting that he was fairly well forward for his reappearance and he didn't disappoint. He was always travelling well in midfield, moved smoothly up to challenge for the lead and quickened up the hill and was always holding the challenge of the runner-up whom he intimidated slightly as he drifted left under a right hand drive. He had finished second to Dubawi Gold (a dual Listed winner this season) on his final start as a juvenile and this well bred colt - who has a St James Palace Stakes entry - certainly looks capable of making his mark in Pattern company. He was conceding 10lbs to the runner-up who had landed an average maiden at two after finishing second to Free Handicap winner Pausanias. Captain Bertie looked to have strengthened up over the winter and can improve on this more than satisfactory return. He travelled as well as the winner and just couldn't match his finishing speed but he stayed on well to the line and should win his share of races this season as he progresses. Star Surprise kept on well enough for third but is starting to look exposed. Treasury Devil had last been seen finishing down the field in a Group One at Longchamp and better was expected with his trainer holding a good recent record in this race. He was under pressure a long way from home and his progress was rather laboured but he may have needed this.